Named ‘eagle’ owl for its large size, the Eurasian Eagle-owl is one of the largest owls in the world. A relative of the Great Horned Owl, the Eagle-owl has more pronounced plumicornes (ear tufts), large orange eyes, and an overall more ochre color. The plumage is buffy-brown, paler on the underparts, and heavily mottled and streaked with black, with fine barring on the belly and flanks, and dark bars on the wings and tail. The throat is white and is used in intraspecific communication, as a visual signal associated with vocal displays. The beak is black, and the legs and large, powerful toes are fully feathered buffy-white. There are a number of subspecies, whose appearance varies somewhat in size, color, and the amount of black barring/streaking.