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Eurasian Eagle-Owl

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  • Numenius arquata
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About the Eurasian Eagle-Owl

Also known as: Desert Eagle Owl, Eagle Owl, Northern Eagle Owl

The Eurasian Eagle-Owl is a very large species of owl native to much of Europe and across Asia. They are woodland birds, nesting on cliff ledges or open, shallow caves. They may also take over old nests from other birds of prey, or even nest on the ground when no other suitable site is available.

Eurasian Eagle-Owls are very large and powerful birds. It can be distinguished by its large ear tufts, and by its piercing orange eyes.

Eurasian Eagle-Owls feed on mammals, ranging in size from voles and mice to marmots and foxes. They hunt using silent flight and take prey by surprise.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 31 July 2012
Scientific Name Bubo bubo
  • Strigiformes
  • Strigidae
  • Bubo
  • B. bubo
Birdorable Family Owls
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 May 2017)
Measurements
Units: Imperial Metric
23 to 30 inches
63 to 78 inches
53 to 148 ounces
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia

International Names

  • 雕鸮 (Chinese)
  • výr velký (Czech)
  • Stor hornugle (Danish)
  • Oehoe (Dutch)
  • huuhkaja (Finnish)
  • Grand-duc d'Europe (French)
  • Uhu (German)
  • Gufo reale (Italian)
  • ワシミミズク [Washimimizuku] (Japanese)
  • 수리부엉이 (Korean)
  • Hubro (Norwegian)
  • puchacz (Polish)
  • Филин (Russian)
  • Búho Real (Spanish)
  • Berguv (Swedish)

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