Hank,
our Eurasian Eagle-Owl

DESCRIPTION

The Eagle Owl is a very large and powerful bird and has a wingspan of 160–188 cm (63–74 in), with the largest specimens attaining 200 cm (79 in).

The total length of the species can range from 56 to 75 cm (22 to 30 in).

The great size, bulky, barrel-shaped build, ear tufts and orange eyes make this a distinctive species. The ear tufts of males are more upright than those of females.

HABITAT

Eagle Owls are distributed sparsely through rocky areas but can potentially inhabit a wide range of habitats.

They have been found in habitats as diverse as Northern coniferous forests and the edge of vast deserts.

They are often found in the largest numbers in areas where cliffs and ravines are surrounded by a scattering of trees and bushes.

Taiga, rocky coast lines, steppe and grasslands, may also be visited, largely while hunting in their large territories.

Due to their preference for rocky areas, the species is often found in mountainous areas and can be found up to elevations of 2,000 m (6,600 ft) in Europe and 4,500 m (14,800 ft) in Asia. However, they can also be found at sea level.

DIET

This eagle owl mainly feeds on small mammals in the 200–2,000 g (0.44–4.4 lb) weight range, such as voles, rats, mice, rabbits and hares.

However, prey can be killed up to the size of both fully-grown foxes and marmots and young deer (up to a mass of 17 kg (37 lb)), if taken by surprise.

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CONSERVATION STATUS

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