(1. Bubo, Cuv).
Upper plumage variegated with black and ochre: under parts ochre-yellow, with longitudinal black spots.
Strix Bubo, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. 1. p. 100. Eagle Owl, Selb. Must. vol. 1. p. 82. pl. 19. Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. 1. p. 52. Great-eared Owl, Mont. Orn. Diet.
Entire length two feet. Temm.
All the upper parts elegantly varied and spotted with black, ochre-yellow, and yellowish grayt under parts ochre-yellow, with longitudinal black spots and streaks: throat white: egrets composed of six or eight elongated feathers, coloured like the rest of the plumage: tarsal feathers reddish yellow: bill and claws horn-colour: irides bright orange. (Female). Rather larger than the male, and without the white throat. (Egg). White: long. diam. two inches five lines; trans, diam. one inch ten lines.
An occasional visitant of extreme rarity in this country. According to Montagu has been shot in Yorkshire and in Sussex, as well as in Scotland. More recently four specimens are said to have been observed on the northern coast of Donegal, Ireland. Inhabits mountainous and rocky situations, where it breeds. Food small quadrupeds, and reptiles.
(2. Scops, Sav).