Eurasian Eagle-Owl

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 31 July 2012
Scientific Name
Bubo bubo
  • Strigiformes
  • Strigidae
  • Bubo
  • B. bubo
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
23 to 30 inches
63 to 78 inches
53 to 148 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 雕鸮
Czech (Cesky) výr velký
Danish (Dansk) Stor hornugle
Dutch (Nederlands) Oehoe
Finnish (Suomi) huuhkaja
French (Français) Grand-duc d'Europe
German (Deutsch) Uhu
Italian (Italiano) Gufo reale
Japanese (日本語) ワシミミズク [Washimimizuku]
Korean (한국어) 수리부엉이
Norwegian (Norsk) Hubro
Polish (Polski) puchacz
Russian (русский язык) Филин
Spanish (Español) Búho Real
Swedish (Svenska) Berguv
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