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Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

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Scientific Name:

Bubo virginianus


North, Central and South America.


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


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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