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European Eagle Owl

Order:

Strigiformes

Family:

Strigidae

Group:

Bubo

Lifespan:

20 + years

Gestation:

32 - 35 days incubation, 2 - 3 eggs

Distribution:

Europe and Russia

Habitat:

Mountain cliffs, ravines and rocky forested terrain

Diet:

Carnivore - rabbits, hares, game birds, fox and young roe deer

Conservation Status:

Least Concern
Facts

The largest and most ferocious owl in the world, the European Eagle Owl Bubo bubo has a deep two tone hoot.

They can live for 20 years and double in captivity.

A wild Eagle Owl was once seen carrying a Red Fox in its talons, and their massive feet can easily crush a rabbit’s skull. Eagle Owls eat a huge variety of food and even hedgehogs have been known to be on the menu.

There is little difference between the male and female of the species, but if you look closely the ear tufts of a male usually stand more upright than a female.

 

 

 

Did you know?

The largest item of prey recorded being taken by an Eagle Owl is a Roe Deer weighing 13kg.