Habitat & Range
Eurasian eagle owls are found in woodlands, deserts, mountains, open grasslands, and riverbeds. They prefer rocky landscapes for their nesting sites and will scrape a shallow nest depression in rocky habitats with suitable water and food resources.
Eurasian eagle owls inhabit the Palearctic ecoregion. This ecoregion includes Europe, Asia (north of the Himalayan foothills), northern Africa, and the north central portions of the Arabian Peninsula. These owls can range from Siberia in the north to Ethiopian region in the south.
Eurasian Eagle Owl
Eurasian eagle owls are solitary birds, except when paired for mating. They are generally monogamous with pairs typically staying together for life. To find each other for mating season, pairs of these owls will track each other using clucking and light staccato vocalizations. The nests of these birds can be found in rocky crevices, cave entrances, or sheltered cliff ledges. They typically lay 1-4 whitish eggs which are incubated by the female while the male provides food for her.
IUCN Status: Least Concern
Even though numbers are declining, the rate of decline doesn’t approach the criteria for a higher status of vulnerable. This is partially due to the Eurasian eagle owl's vast geographic range.
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