Eurasian Eagle Owl Bird Information & Facts
The Eurasian eagle owl, largest of the European owls, is widespread throughout Europe except for the western parts.
Length: 67 Cm.
Wingspan: 160 to 166 cm. The male and female have like plumage.
Voice: A penetrating note carrying a great distance, sounding like ‘ooo-hu’, sometimes followed by a guttural chuckle.
Size of Egg: 51.2 — 73.0 x 42.0 — 53.7 mm.
Eurasian Eagle owl Habitat
It is quite plentiful in some areas, its numbers having increased in recent years, thanks to rigid protection laws. The Eurasian eagle owl makes its home in open woodlands, rocky locations as well as scrub country. It is a resident bird or transient migrant and may be found in both lowland and mountain regions.
Eurasian Eagle Owl Nesting
Eurasian Eagle Owl nests on cliff ledges, the walls of old castle ruins or simply on the ground; in northern regions, it often uses a tree cavity at ground level.
The simple nest, sometimes lined with only a few hairs and feathers from the owl’s victims, contains 2 to 4 eggs incubated by the female for 32 to 37 days. During this time the male brings her food, which she takes from him at a short distance from the nest. The newly hatched nestlings are cared for by the hen, who also shelters them from both rain and sun. At the age of one to two months, the young eagle owls leave the nest and perch in its vicinity. By the time they are three months old, they can fly well.
The eagle owl occupies a large territory, extending as far as 15 kilometres from the nest. It preys on vertebrates as big as a hare or a small fox, but will feed also on insects. The Eurasian Eagle Owl is hated by predators and crows, a fact of which hunters took advantage by using it as a decoy. This method of hunting is now forbidden in many countries with the object of protecting birds of prey.