Close-up of a Eurasian eagle owl looking towards the camera

Eurasian eagle owl

Eurasian eagle owls are one of the biggest species of owl in the world. They are easily identified by their large stature, prominent ear tufts and bright orange eyes.

Scientific name: Bubo bubo

Rank: Species

Watch video clips from past programmes (2 clips)

In order to see this content you need to have an up-to-date version of Flash installed and Javascript turned on.


Map showing the distribution of the Eurasian eagle owl taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Eurasian eagle owl can be found in a number of locations including: Africa, Asia, China, Europe, Himalayas, Mediterranean, Russia, United Kingdom. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Eurasian eagle owl distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 2009

Classified by: IUCN 3.1

BBC News about Eurasian eagle owl