Eurasian Eagle-Owl (Bubo bubo) in wildflower meadow, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
© Rosl Roessner/Minden Picture
Not just a big owl. Feather ears are the trademark
Hedwig is probably one of the most famous owls in contemporary film history. As a faithful companion of Harry Potter, she has not only found a place in the hearts of many children, but also delighted many adults. We don't know why our leading actor looks so grim on today's picture of our homepage, but even a Lord Voldemort should be anxious and serious.
Our owl – scientifically known as Bubo bubo - belongs to a genus of birds in the family of the actual owls. With a size of up to 75 centimetres, a weight of around 3.4 kilograms and a wingspan of about 1.80 metres, the owl is the largest owl in the world. Special features are its eye-catching feather ears and the striking orange eyes.
Today's picture was taken in Rhineland-Palatinate. The main area of the owl is located in the state with the capital Mainz in the districts of Bad Kreuznach, Kusel, the Donnersbergkreis and the district of Mayen-Koblenz in the Eifel. Finally some, good news: The owl is currently not considered endangered.