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Eurasian Eagle-owl

Bubo Bubo


The upperparts are brown-black and tawny-buff, showing as dense freckling on the forehead and crown, stripes on the nape, sides and back of the neck, and dark splotches on the pale ground colour of the back, mantle and scapulars. A narrow buff band, freckled with brown buff, runs up from the base of the bill, above the inner part of the eye and along the inner edge of the black-brown, "ear-tufts". The rump and upper tail-coverts are delicately patterned with dark vermiculations and fine wavy barring. The facial disc is tawny-buff, speckled with black-brown, so densely on the outer edge of the disc as to form a "frame" around the face. Chin and throat are white continuing down the centre of the upper breast The whole of the underparts except for chin, throat and centre of upper breast is covered with fine dark wavy barring, on a tawny-buff ground colour. Legs and feet are likewise marked on a buff ground colour but more faintly. The tail is tawny-buff, mottled dark grey-brown with about six black-brown bars. Bill and claws are black, the iris is orange (yellow in some subspecies).


The Eurasian Eagle-owl (Bubo bubo) is a species of eagle owl resident in much of Europe and Asia. It is also one of the largest types of owls.

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38 Comments (1–25)

sttweets 10 years ago

Thank you ladies!

MayraSpringmann 10 years ago


itsningtime 10 years ago

love, love, LOVE!! What a spectacular bird!

sttweets 11 years ago


Dennis Davenport
Dennis Davenport 11 years ago

Beautiful bird and shot!

ShraddhaGaikwad 11 years ago

What a spectacular bird. Looks so royal :)

sttweets 11 years ago

Yes they are really amazing!

Steffi 11 years ago

Very, VERY cool! Brilliant photos! I saw one of these recently at the Cincinnati zoo - I ended up just standing there watching him for ages, he was so majestic.

sttweets 11 years ago

Updated information.

sttweets 11 years ago

@lori.tas: Added your recommended YouTube link here:

sttweets 11 years ago

Thanks Elsa, it was a great (thou unnatural) experience to lay down in the grass and see a bird like this from just a few foot away. A strange perspective!
A few other birds seen on the same day: and

Elsa 11 years ago

Thanks for info sttweets! stunning shots nonetheless :)

sttweets 11 years ago

@Elsa, We don't have these in the Netherlands in the wild unfortunately. These pictures where taken at a kind of bird show.

Elsa 11 years ago

This is beautiful! Can you let us know if its a wild bird?

OemphaLoempha 11 years ago

Contempt, that's right!

sttweets 11 years ago

I've added a close-up.

sttweets 11 years ago

@Tweact, Oh yes, he was,... with contempt I think

Tweact 11 years ago

He is watching you!
Great picture.

sttweets 11 years ago

@BryanFlynn Thanks!

BryanFlynn 11 years ago

Looking very wise! Great snaps!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

Every Owl is beautiful, and their wings are so soft, could not hear their noise..!!

LauraMaria 11 years ago

Beautiful :) I did some work at a local owl sanctuary, and they had one of these. She was so majestic, and when she flew, you couldn't hear her at all!! I think this picture captures that majesty, I love it!

sttweets 11 years ago

@GinaCatindoy & @SheaEckert Thanks!

SheaEckert 11 years ago

Gotta love those eyes!! <3

Gina9210 11 years ago


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Lansingerland, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

Spotted on Aug 3, 2009
Submitted on Mar 23, 2011

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