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Eagle-Owl
Eagle-Owl
The largest and most majestic owl in the world, the hero of many legends.
Type: Chordates
Class: Birds
Order: Owls
Family: True owls
Genus: Owls
Species: Owl
General Settings
  • The range of the eagle owl covers most of Europe and North Asia. It inhabits forests, steppes and deserts, climbs mountains and feels good on the flatland.
  • Body length - 65 -71 cm. Wingspan 155-175 cm.
  • Weight - 2.3-3.2 kg.
  • Prey: Various small mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs, and sometimes fish.
  • Life expectancy is up to 20 years. In zoos - up to 70 years.

The eagle owl is the largest of the world's owls. Like most owls, the owl's activity is crepuscular and nocturnal. He prefers to wait out the daytime somewhere in the shelter.


Social behavior


Eagle-owls are loners. And even if the female and the male live in the same territory, each of them has its own shelter, and each hunts independently.


Reproduction


Since eagle owls do not have a nest, eggs are laid directly in a small hole in the ground. A female incubates for 34–36 days, and a male feeds her all this time. The interval between oviposition is 2–4 days, so the chicks in the nest are of different ages. Newly hatched chicks are covered with thick light down, their eyes are closed. The eyes open in 7-8 days.


Species and people


Human activities play a cruel joke with these birds: places favorable for nesting of an owl disappear, and its food supply is reduced. In addition, at night, owls, blinded by headlights, die on the roads in collisions with cars and on high-voltage lines.


Interesting Facts


The owl's head can turn almost 270 °.

The owl's voice can be heard at  distance of 2–4 km.

Current status in wildlife
  • Not
    evaluated
    NE
  • Data
    deficient
    DD
  • Data
    deficient
    lc
  • near
    threatened
    NT
  • vulnerable
    vu
  • endangered
    en
  • critically
    endangered
    cr
  • extinct
    in the wild
    ew
  • Extinct
    ex
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