Western Siberian Eagle Owl – Карельский зоопарк

Western Siberian Eagle Owl

Class: Birds

Order: Strigiformes

Family: Strigidae

Weight: 2.1-2.7 kg

Height: about 75 cm

Body length: approximately 45 cm

Color: body with dark streaks, ranging from ocher-white to white

Age of sexual maturity: 2-3 years

Gestation period: 35 days

Lifespan: on average 15-25 years in the wild, and up to 68 years in captivity

Habitat: taiga forests of Northern Siberia from the foothills of the Urals to the Ob River, southward to the foothills of the Altai

Diet: small rodents, hares, hedgehogs, frogs, as well as small birds. Smaller species can feed on insects, worms, caterpillars, etc.

Did you know?

  • The Eagle Owl is the largest owl among the living species.
  • The age of the bird can be determined by the color of its iris. The older the bird, the darker the shade. Young owls have a yellow-orange iris, while older ones have a dark brown iris.
  • Their favorite food is hedgehog meat. Long, sharp claws with scales easily handle the hedgehog’s spines. Other predators rarely attack hedgehogs due to their spines.