Eagle Owl

(Bubo bubo)

Local info | Description, habitat & diet | Breeding and survival | Gallery | Video

A small number of pairs of eagle owls are known to breed in Britain. While the origin of these birds is difficult to prove with certainty, there is no evidence that birds other than from released stock, or their offspring, have bred in Britain in recent times.

In Gloucestershire
These will have escaped from birds of prey collections or from individual falconers. Three birds were recorded during surveys for the Gloucestershire Atlas.

Size, habitat and diet
Length: 68cm
Wingspan: 175cm
Weight: M: 2.3kg F: 3.3kg
World distribution: C&S Europe, N&C Asia
Habitat: Forest, woodland, farmland
Diet: Mammals (Water Vole through Hare) and birds (Jay through Mallard), mostly at night

Breeding and survival
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The Eagle Owl: The Lord of the Night (New Atlantis)
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34W0LbwYlms?rel=0]