European Eagle Owl

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About the European Eagle Owl

The European Eagle Owl is the largest species of owl in the world. This large and powerful bird is a typical horned owl and it’s size, ear tufts and orange eyes make this a distinctive and impressive species. The Eagle Owl is largely nocturnal but will also hunt at dawn and dusk. It is found in mountains and forests with cliffs and rocky areas. They are able to hunt in woods & forests, but due to the large size they prefer more open spaces. They have occassionally been found sharing territories with Golden Eagles, with the eagles active during the day and the owls at night. They are much less tolerant of other birds of prey and will aggressively drive them from it’s territory. The European Eagle Owl breeds February to July. The female usually lays 1 or 2 eggs and will incubate the eggs on her own, taking 32-35 days, with the male bringing food to the nest until the young are 4 or 5 weeks old. The female will then join the male in catching prey as the demand for food increases.


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