Eurasian Eagle-Owl

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Eurasian Eagle-Owl

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Character Data
Also known as: Mimichan-joshu, Assistant Mimi-chan
Japanese Name: ワシミミズク
Romanised Name: Washimimizuku
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Bubo bubo
Distribution: Europe, Northern/Central Asia
Diet: Carnivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 20 years
Read More: Eurasian eagle-owl
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 LC.svg.png
Eurasian Eagle-Owl Anime Festival Pavilion KF3 Nexon Game

Eurasian Eagle-Owl, also known as Assistant Mimi-chan, is an owl Friend who made appearances in the Kemono Friends anime as well as the original mobile game.

Appearance

Eurasian Eagle-Owl has orange eyes and short light brown hair, with patterned areas at the top of her head, dark brown spots at the side of her bangs and hair that fades to white on the bangs at the side of her face and the one directly between her eyes, ending in a dark brown spot that resembles a beak. Her animal characteristics also include the two large tufts projecting upwards, the pair of bird wings at the side of her hair, both ending in a dark brown tone, as well as the large two-toned bird tail.

She wears a coat with a style and pattern similar to her hair, with a white fur collar and brown large buttons. She wears black-tipped white gloves, white leggings and matching shoes with black tips. She wields a gray cane with a long handle that resembles a beak.

In Real Life

An annoyed Eurasian Eagle-Owl.

The Eurasian Eagle-Owl is one of the biggest species of owl. They can be found throughout Europe and Asia, as well as Northern Africa. They can be found in open areas such as fields and taigas, but their preferred habitat are cliffs and rocky outcrops. As long as a location has a good nesting location and bountiful prey, the Eurasian Eagle-Owl will be satisfied with living there.

The Eurasian Eagle-Owl is not picky with its food. They can hunt by looking out from a perch, or by flying close to the ground and scanning for prey. Potential victims include rabbits and rats, which are typical owl prey. However, the Eurasian Eagle Owl also has an affinity for fish, beetles, lizards, snakes, frogs, woodpeckers, herons, and even other owls.

The Eagle-Owl's disc-shaped face is crucial for hunting. With it, they can pick up on any small sounds their prey may make, in a similar way that cupping a hand to an ear amplifies the sound. Given how Eagle-Owls like to hunt in the night, this enhanced hearing is crucial for snagging a meal in the darkness.

The mating ritual for the Eagle-Owl involves the male advertising a potential breeding ground by scratching out a depression with a claw and emitting clucking noises. Should a female be impressed by the nesting site the male is offering, it will settle within the depression, or choose the one she likes most if the male has prepared several.

Eurasian Eagle-Owls enjoy making their nests in high, rocky places; however, they will not shy away from building a nest on the ground, or even making use of an abandoned nest made by another bird. Once the female has laid the eggs, she will incubate them as the male goes out to seek food. Once the chicks have hatched, it will take seven weeks for them to be able to fly. During this time, it's important that the male continues his food-fetching duty to keep everyone sustained. After an Eagle-Owl reaches 2-3 years of age, it is ready to find a mate of its own.

The biggest threat to the Eurasian Eagle-Owl is human intervention. Eagle-Owls are easily spooked, and will ditch a nest if something disturbs them too much. Hikers, skiers, and mountaineerers that do not take care around Eagle-Owl nests may cause such a disturbance. Even when their homes are left alone Eagle-Owls suffer from being caught in barbed wire and electric fences, as well as being shot at or hit by a passing car.

Trivia

  • The Eurasian Eagle-Owl has distinctive ear tufts on it's head. Despite being called "ear" tufts they are not ears at all, nor do they assist with hearing in any way.
  • Eurasian Eagle-Owls (58-75cm) are much bigger than Northern White Faced Owls (24-25cm).

References

https://www.peregrinefund.org/explore-raptors-species/Eurasian_Eagle-owl

https://www.owlpages.com/owls/species.php?s=1240

http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/22688927/0

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