Eagle-Owl (Bubo Bubo) is one of the world’s largest owl species. It is also one of the most wide-ranging species of owl. It is a nocturnal bird and hunts small mammals and birds. It makes ‘ooh-huu’ kind of sounds. Eurasian eagle owl has 12 subspecies.
It has quite visible black ear tufts and orange eyes. Its bill is black with white throat while the tail is yellowish-black. Its feathers are yellowish-brown in color and mottled body has dark spots over it. The toes are very strong and covered heavily with pale brown feathers.
A female eagle-owl can grow to a length of about 22 to 30 inches and weighs around 3 to 9 pounds. It has a wingspan ranging from 4 to 6.2 feet.
In the wild, the average lifespan of eagle owl is around 20 years. In captivity, it can live as long as 60 years.
It reaches maturity at the age of 1 year. Breeding starts from late winter.
Eagle owl has a clutch size range of 1 to 4 eggs. The eggs incubate after about 30 to 36 days. The chicks are able to fly after 7 weeks. The parents nurse their chicks for 5 months.
Majority of eagle owls are found in Central Asia, Europe and Asia. Generally, eagle owls are found in areas of ravines, gullies and cliffs.
These mountain-dwelling owls live in coniferous forests and steppes.
Eagle owl eats wide variety of creatures like birds, mammals, insects, reptiles, amphibians and fish. Its diet includes foxes, snakes, young roe deer, snakes, ducks, seabirds and frogs.
Other Name: European Eagle-Owl