Eurasian Eagle Owl

Name

Eurasian Eagle Owl

Scientific Name

Bubo bubo

Characteristics

The Eurasian eagle-owl is one of the largest owl species in the world. This type of owl is crepuscular (most active at dusk and dawn).

Like all owls, the Eurasian eagle-owl has 14 vertebrae in its neck; this is double the amount of bones that humans (and giraffes!) have in their neck. Having this many vertebrae, enables the owl turn its head round 270 degrees. This enables them to see and hear their surroundings more effectively.

The Eurasian eagle-owl is usually found in naturally rocky areas such as quarries, ravines and cliffs. They also inhabit woodland. They are well-adapted to living at high altitudes; eagle-owls living in the Himalayan mountains can be found as high as 4,500 meters above sea level.

The female of the species lays between 1-5 eggs in a clutch. The chicks first leave the nest after about 5 weeks but cannot fly until they are 7 weeks old and usually stay with the mother for 3-4 months before becoming independent. 

Diet

Eurasian eagle-owls mostly eat small mammals, birds and occasionally amphibians and reptiles.

Size Fact

This owl has a wingspan of nearly 2 meters.

Food Fact

The Eurasian eagle-owl has been known to eat people’s pet cats!

Fun Fact

Unlike most owls, the Eurasian eagle-owl has furry feet!

IUCN Red list

Least concern

Where do I live?

They can be found in parts of Europe, the Middle East, Russia, China, Korea and Japan.

Daily talk

The Eurasian eagle-owl regularly features in our bird of prey show.

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