Picture of Planet Scott, planetscott.com
The Wild Wild World of
PLANET SCOTT
Travel and nature photos

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)



Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) Nestlings Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)

Class: Aves
Family: Strigidae
Common Name: Great Horned Owl
Genus: Bubo
Species Name: virginianus

About The Great Horned Owl

A large (18-25 inches) owl, the Great Horned Owl is most easily identified by its brown body, flat disk-shaped face with large yellow eyes, and large brown “ear” tufts. This species may be distinguished from the similarly-sized Barred Owl (Strix varia) by that species’ lack of ear tufts and brown eyes. Male and female Great Horned Owls are similar to one another at all seasons. The Great Horned Owl is the most widely distributed owl species in the Americas. This species occurs from Alaska and northern Canada south to Central America, and South American populations occur from Venezuela south to southern Argentina and Chile. All populations of Barred Owl are non-migratory. Great Horned Owls may be found in a number of woodland habitat types across this species’ wide range, from cold evergreen woodland in the far north and south to humid tropical forest near the equator. Within these habitats, Great Horned Owls prefer open areas along woodland edges, frequently venturing outside the forest into nearby fields and meadows to hunt. Great Horned Owls eat small animals, including rodents, rabbits and hares, and small to medium-sized birds. Great Horned Owls use their excellent hearing to locate prey on the ground in order to fly down and capture it with its talons. Also, like most owls, this species hunts primarily at night, making it difficult to observe. Great Horned Owls are most visible roosting high in trees during the day, and may best be located while producing this species’ characteristic hooting calls between dawn and dusk.



Rights Holder: Unknown
Bibliographic Citation: Rumelt, Reid B. Bubo virginianus. June-July 2012. Brief natural history summary of Bubo virginianus. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.

Trips Where Observed

Brazil
Ecuador
Moving the Car
San Francisco 2007
Southeast Arizona
Texas

Member Lifelists

California
Ecuador
Illinois
North America
San Francisco
South America
United States
World

Sites Where Observed

Location
Date
Notes
7/15/2011
Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
5/20/2012
Saw silhouette only. Landed in some sagegrass after flight from direction of a number of trees.
7/11/2012
Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
Juvenile on ridge was shrieking, and there was a "whoop whoop whoop" response from the ground and in a tree.
1/18/2015
Two calling during the daytime, was able to locate one of them

Planetscott.com

Sitemap Hackers Challenge Contact
Website Powered By PlanetScott.com