Eurasian eagle-owl

species of bird

The Eurasian eagle-owl (Bubo bubo) is a species of eagle-owl that is found in Eurasia. It is also called the European eagle-owl. In Europe, it is just called the eagle-owl.[2]

Eurasian eagle-owl
Territorial call of male, recorded near Marianka, Slovakia
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Bubo
B. bubo
Binomial name
Bubo bubo

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Range of Eurasian eagle-owl
  • Bubo ignavus Forster, 1817
  • Bubo maximus
  • Strix bubo Linnaeus, 1758
Bubo bubo bubo

It is one of the largest species of owl. Females grow to a total length of 75 cm (30 in), with a wingspan of 188 cm (6 ft 2 in); males are slightly smaller.[3] The bird has distinctive ear tufts.

The Eurasian eagle-owl is found in many habitats, but is mostly a bird of mountainous regions or other rocky areas, often near woodland edge and shrubs or wetlands to hunt their prey.[4]


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  2. Andrews P. 1990. Owls, caves and fossils: predation, preservation and accumulation of small mammal bones in caves, with an analysis of the Pleistocene cave faunas from Westbury-sub-Mendip, Somerset, UK. University of Chicago Press.
  3. Mikkola H. 2012. Owls of the World: a photographic guide. Firefly Books. ISBN 9781770851368
  4. Voous K.H. 1988. Owls of the Northern Hemisphere. The MIT Press, ISBN 0262220350.