Close-up of Eurasian eagle owl

Eurasian eagle owl

Bubo bubo
Conservation Status IUCN
Least Concern

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    Animal Class
    Aves, Strigiformes

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    Forest, grassland and shrubland.
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    Predators – primarily preys on mammals, up to the size of adult hares or young deer. They will also take large birds such as buzzards or herons.
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    Conservation Status
    Least concern – population trend is decreasing.
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  • Introduction

    Eurasian eagle owls have prominent ear-tufts, a large barrel-shaped body, large powerful feathered talons, and vivid orange eyes. Their plumage is brown in colour and heavily streaked with black and their underside is much paler in colour with a distinctive a white throat. The typical “facial disk”, seen in most owls, is much less developed in the Eurasian Eagle Owl.

    Eurasian eagle owls are most active during dawn and dusk, when their prey species is most active.

    Size: 60-75 cm in length, with a wingspan of 1.5 to 2meters. Females are larger than males weighing up to 4.2kg with the males at approximately 2.8kg.

  • Threats/ Conservation

    Least concern

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has listed Eurasian eagle owls as Least concern.

    It is thought that the overall population trend is in decline across the Eurasian eagle owl’s range.*

    Illegal human persecution and the use of pesticides are the main threats to the Eurasian eagle owl as well as collisions with power lines, barbed wire, and vehicles.

    *IUCN, 2017

  • Habitat

    They are found in Europe, North Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, although they are generally absent from Ireland and Britain, small numbers have begun breeding in Britain. They inhabit natural rocky areas with cliffs and ravines but can be found in semi-deserts, coniferous forests, and grasslands with suitable rocky areas.

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  • Fun Facts

    Eurasian eagle owls are predators that carry out an important role in the ecosystem.

    Eurasian eagle owls are monogamous. The frequency of breeding depends on the availability of resources.

    Chicks remain dependant on their parents for up to 4 months.