Scientific Classification

Order Strigiformes
Family Strigidae
Genus Bubo
Class Aves
Scientific Name Bubo bubo bubo
european eagle owl
European eagle-owl ©www.fakenhamtimes.co.uk

European Eagle-owl Description

  • It is thought to be the darkest and most colorful of all eagle owl species.
  • The southern owls are smaller than the northern subspecies.

Size & Weight

(Males)

  • HEIGHT (male and female) 580 mm to 710 mm
  • WEIGHT: 1.63 to 2.81 kg (3.6 to 6.2 lb)
  • WINGSPAN: 157 cm (5 ft 2 in)
  • WING CHORD: 435–480 mm (17.1–18.9 in)
  • BILL LENGTH: (male and female) 45 to 56 mm (1.8 to 2.2 in)

(Females)

  • WING CHORD: 455–500 mm (17.9–19.7 in)
  • WINGSPAN: 5 cm (5 ft 6 in)
  • WEIGHT: 28 to 4.2 kg (5.0 to 9.3 lb)

Range

Norway, Finland, Kola Peninsula, Baltic Sea, Belgium, Norway, central Germany, Greece, Mezan River, northern Ukraine, Italy, Scandinavia

Habitat

Semi deserts, rocky slopes, mountainous forests

Diet

Rabbits, roe deer, fawns, hedgehogs, farmyard cats, crabs, frogs