European Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo)
Size: Length (65-70cm/26-28in) wingspan (160-190cm/5ft3-5ft11)
Status: Becoming rare. Extinct in UK since 19th century
Habitat: Mountain cliffs, ravines and rocky forested terrain (Europe & Russia).
Reproduction: 2-3 eggs from February to May. 32-35 day incubation
Diet: Rabbit, hare, game birds, fox, young roe deer & other b of prey
The largest and most ferocious owl in the world. They have a Deep two tone hoot. A wild Eagle Owl can live for 20 years &Double in captivity. A wild eagle owl was once seen carrying a Red fox in it’s talons!
Many large owls and eagles have enough crushing power in their feet to burst a tennis ball (even without the sharp talons).
Because owls have such sensitive ears they have a flap of skin, which covers the ear opening when things get too loud
Although not listed as a British species many Eagle Owls live in the wild in our country. Captive birds have escaped or been lost. A pair bred 1 chick in 1987. How many more do we not know about?
Eagle Owls eat a huge variety of food and even hedgehogs have been known to be on the menu! Obviously the spiky needles are removed first otherwise that would really hurt!
Eagle Owls live for a very long time. 21 years has been recorded in the wild but 50 years+ has been recorded in captivity!
The largest item of prey recorded being taken by an Eagle Owl is a Roe Deer weighing 13kg! An awesome feat. Can you imagine tackling something the size of a horse for your dinner??