Eurasian Eagle-owl

Bubo bubo

(B. b. interpositus)

Armenian Name: Բվեճ
Eurasian Eagle-owl

See Plate 35 for Eurasian Eagle-owl and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:60-75 cm, Wing Span:160-188 cm
Distribution Map: Map 181.
Description: Huge brown owl with large ear tufts and orange eyes.
Adult: Black teardrop-shaped marks on breast.
Juvenile: Lacks ear tufts and black marks on breast.
Similar Species: Differs from all other owls by combination of huge size and ear tufts.
Behavior: Nocturnal. Birds roost on branches or rock ledges during day. Song a far-carrying low deep hoot repeated every few seconds.
Habitat: Widespread; often found in river gorges and forest edges.
Food: Birds; small to medium-sized mammals.
Nest: Depression or recess on rock ledge of cliff.
Eggs: 60 mm, 2-4, white.