North Africa, Europe and Asia
The Eurasian eagle-owl is the largest in the owl family. It weighs approximately 2,800 grams (six pounds) and has a 1.5- to 2-meter (4.9- to 6.6-foot) wingspan. The owl has a varied habitat range that includes mountain ranges, grass and farm lands, riverbeds and forests.
This large owl is solitary outside of the breeding and brooding season and defends its territory aggressively against other owls. It only overlaps territories if resources are limited. The bird is nocturnal and very elusive, and rests high in trees until the evening hunting sessions.
Owl wings are virtually silent while in flight. This silence creates a huge advantage when the owl identifies, stalks and swoops down to capture its prey of rodents, small birds, mammals and reptiles. With night vision and exceptional hearing, the eagle owl is a professional predator of its niche.