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Eurasian Eagle Owl

The Eurasian Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo) is a species of horned owl resident to much of Europe and Asia. It is largely nocturnal and is found in mountains and forests with cliffs and rocky areas. It usually nests on cliff ledges.

The Eagle Owl is the largest species of owl with a wingspan up to 79 inches and weighing as much as 9 pounds, in comparison the Barn Owl weighs about 17.5 ounces. Their size, ear tufts and orange eyes makes the Eagle Owl a very unique species. The sexes are distinguishable as the male has more upright ear tufts. The female’s tufts generally droop down.

The Eagle Owl is part of the typical owl family, Strigidae. They live for around 20 years although in captivity they may live up to 60 years.
They feed mainly on small mammals but will take prey up to the size of foxes and young deer. The Eagle Owl will even eat other birds including birds of prey.

Eurasian Eagle Owl