A family of eagle owls nests for the first time in Leuven

Scientists estimate that there are 200 pairs of eagle owls present in Belgium. The vast majority make their nest in a rocky and natural environment, far from urban buildings.

Eagle owls had already been noticed in Flanders, notably in Geel (Antwerp) or Weert-Saint-Georges (Flemish Brabant), but they were then tame birds of prey that had escaped.

The male Leuven owl has been ringed by a scientific team, which certifies that it is indeed a wild animal. The ring contains data that could not yet be read. The origin of the bird is therefore not yet known.

The two individuals had been spotted in the city as early as December thanks to their hoots. On April 12, a first young was observed in the nest built by the couple, which now keeps company with two other young. The young were ringed last week so that they could follow their progress when they take flight from the nest, probably in mid-June. They will then need a few more months to become independent.

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