Habitat: Forests, deserts, rocky areas.
Nesting: A hollow on a rock ledge or cave, or an old eagle nest.
This eagle owl is the largest and most powerful owl in Europe, about 69 cms (27 inches) in length. It has a large beak and enormous talons but its most noticeable features are the striking orange eyes. It has prominent ear tufts which are raised or lowered depending on its mood. The plumage is mostly mottled but with bolder streaks on the breast.
It takes a range of prey from insects to larger animals such as hares, and even game birds.