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There are many races of Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo), possibly as many as 24, ranging from the Iberian peninsular and North Africa to the wilds of Siberia and Kamchatka. Obviously, with that range it is not surprising if Eagle Owls vary greatly in appearance and behaviour from place to place. The pictures on the left are of the European subspecies of B. bubo, those on the right are of B. bubo bengalensis (The Bengal Eagle Owl) that lives in Northeastern India, Bangladesh and Assam. The Bengal Eagle Owl is much smaller and lighter in colour than the European race. The Eagle Owls of North Africa are the smallest and those of Siberia are the largest.
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