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Despite its 6-foot-long wingspan and a body length of 30 inches, a Eurasian eagle owl (Bubo bubo) can be hard to spot. The species is among the largest owls in the world and very well camouflage­d. Unlike the one seen here, they typically like to nest in rocky crevices, on sheltered cliff ledges, or at cave entrances, perhaps because it’s difficult for such a large bird to find a suitable tree hollow. Eagle owls are solitary except during mating season, but breeding pairs typically stay together for life.

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