Perhaps the most magnificent of European birds, the Eagle Owl is largely nocturnal and is found in mountains and forests with cliffs and rocky areas, usually nesting on cliff ledges. They live for around 20 years although like many other bird species in captivity they can live much longer, perhaps up to 60 years.
Eagle Owls have also been observed living in European cities. Since 2005, at least five couples have nested in Helsinki. In June 2007, an Eagle Owl nick-named 'Bubi' landed in the crowded Helsinki Olympic Stadium during the European Football Championship qualification match between Finland and Belgium. The match was interrupted for six minutes.
Kudos to the fantastic Screech Owl Sanctuary in Cornwall, which does an awesome job in rehabilitating injured owls and raising rare species. If you're in Cornwall, go and support them by paying them a visit.
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