The Spot-bellied Eagle Owl, also known as the Forest Eagle Owl, Bubo nipalensis is a large bird of prey with a formidable appearance. It is a forest-inhabiting species found in southern and south-eastern Asia. Noted for its weird, human-sounding call, it is known locally as Ulama or devil bird in Sri Lanka.
The Spot-bellied Eagle Owl is nocturnal and spends the day hidden among foliage of a large forest tree. At dusk it becomes active and hunts small mammals, reptiles, and birds up to the size of junglefowl.