An efficient hunter, the marsh owl soars silently in the air with steady wingbeats and short glides. As a generalist feeder, the marsh owl consumes a large variety of prey including small mammals, such as rodents and mustelids, birds, amphibians, reptiles and large insects (2). Active at night and during the day, the marsh owl uses its acute eyesight to spot prey, which is caught in large talons, before being taken to a hidden location and eaten (9).
The breeding season peaks in March in North Africa and between December and April in Southwest Africa, with shallow nests constructed on the ground in a tuft of dense tall grass. A brood of two to three eggs is incubated by the female for approximately 28 days, with offspring fledging around 35 days after hatching (2).