Goliath & Andromeda (Eagle Owls)

Goliath, Eagle Owl (Photo by Eric Gofreed, DVM)

Goliath is a male Eurasian Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo) native to portions of North Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Found in many habitat types, this species has been recorded at elevations as high as 4700m (just over 15,000 feet).These owls are elusive in the wild, but very striking with their large pumpkin orange eyes and long feather tufts. They are among the world’s largest owl species, weighing in between 2400 and 3000 grams (5 lbs. 5 oz. – 6 lbs. 10 oz.), females being larger. We purchased Goliath for education in July of 2014 at four weeks old.

Andromeda, Eagle Owl

Andromeda is a female Eurasian Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo). Being among the largest of owls, this species is the most dominant among other birds of prey in their range, even diurnal species. In fact, it is not uncommon for them to kill other birds of prey. They are primarily nocturnal, although do hunt during the day. They prey on an astonishingly large variety of prey; at least 250 different kinds have been documented. We purchased Andromeda for education at three weeks old in May of 2015.