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Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

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Scientific Name:

Bubo virginianus


Distribution

North, Central and South America.


Diet:

Small mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, insects, sometimes carrion.


Facts

Habitat: Dense forests, deserts, plains, city parks.


Incubation: 1-3 eggs, 28-30 days.


Social structure: Solitary in nature, only staying with their mate during the nesting season.


Weight: male 1450g, female 2500g.


Dimensions: Length male 51cm, female 60cm. Wingspan 143cm max.


Lifespan: ~17 year in the wild, 29-38 years under human care.


Estimated population in the wild: Extremely large, unknown.

 

Threats: Though they are protected by law in most countries, Great-horned Owls are still occasionally shot or poisoned by humans and many die from collisions with vehicles, buildings, barbed wire fences, windows and power lines.

 

IUCN Status: Least Concern


Did you know that:

  1. They capture an extremely wide range of prey species (over 250 identified).
  2. They may sometimes take small domestic dogs and cats.
  3. A Great Horned Owl is powerful enough to take prey 2 to 3 times heavier than itself.



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