Great Horned Owl

Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Bubo
Species: virginianus

La. strix  owl
La. strigis owl
iLa. forma form, shape, kind
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
iLa. bubo eagle-owl
La. virginianus for Virginia

Largest North American Owl, about two feet long with a four foot or greater wing span. Barred with varying brown and gray tones mixed with white on its underside. White throat patch.

Ear tufts give the illusion of horns. Long curved talons. Large intimidating yellow and black forward facing eyes are immovable. It must turn its head so much it seems it might twist off.

Painting of a great horned owl perched on a tree stump.
Inhabits woodlands, scattered groves in open ranges, deserts, high mountain plateaus, canyons, farms, or even towns from as far north as there are trees in Alaska and Canada, and throughout North and Central America, to the Straits of Magellan at the southern tip of South America.
Great horned owls inhabit Alaska and Canada, and throughout North and Central America, to the Straits of Magellan at the southern tip of South America.
Its night vision, keen hearing, and swift silent flight make dusk to dawn the ideal time for great horned owls to hunt totally unsuspecting prey.
Feeds on rodents, small mammals, poultry, game birds and song birds, the bones, fur and feathers of which adorn their nests and the ground below. Also eats water foul, fish, even skunks.

Robs ospreys of fish and sometimes makes the mistake of attacking a porcupine.

Great Horned Owls are so bold many are injured or killed attacking prey.

You’ve may have seen flocks of crows, magpies, or noisy songbirds chasing hawks or owls. Annoying mobs are the smaller species’ only defense against these predators. A hawk will usually fly while a Great Horned Owl will often perch pretending to be indifferent until it finally has had enough.

Painting of a great horned owl perched on a log with a captured grouse.
You can fairly easily observe the bird in its natural habitat, or from around a campfire, which they seem to be attracted to, especially since they are almost everywhere.

Its observant appearance and success as a hunter give it a reputation of being wise. Its deep eerie hoots give it a place in superstitious folklore, and its blood curdling scream can only be fully appreciated deep in a forest, after dark, alone.

Often claims other hawk, eagle, or crow nests, builds nests high in trees (as high as 100 feet) of sticks, twigs, bark and feathers in cavities, or cliff ledges which are normally abandoned after one brood season. Usually remains within a few miles of its nest year around.

Lays two or three dull white eggs which hatch after about a month of incubation and young remain in the nest for about another two months.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommends a Square Platform 24 inches on each side mounted 14′ or higher for the Great Horned Owl, (same as for the Red-tailed Hawk.)

Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes.

Mount 14′ or higher on a sturdy post or structure on a forest edge or in a clearing adjacent to the tree line.

Take great care with this heavy, tall project. Have have it constructed by professional trades workers.

Call of the Great Horned Owl

Great horned owl song put to sheet music.

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Great Horned Owl

Painting of a great horned owl perched on a tree stump.
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Bubo
Species: virginianus

La. strix  owl
iLa. strigis owl
La. forma form, shape, kind
iLa. -idae appearance, resemblance
La. bubo eagle-owl
La. virginianus for Virginia

Largest North American Owl, about two feet long with a four foot or greater wing span. Barred with varying brown and gray tones mixed with white on its underside.

White throat patch. Ear tufts give the illusion of horns. Long curved talons.

Large intimidating yellow and black forward facing eyes are immovable. It must turn its head so much it seems it might twist off.

Great horned owls inhabit Alaska and Canada, and throughout North and Central America, to the Straits of Magellan at the southern tip of South America.
Inhabits woodlands, scattered groves in open ranges, deserts, high mountain plateaus, canyons, farms, or even towns from as far north as there are trees in Alaska and Canada, and throughout North and Central America, to the Straits of Magellan at the southern tip of South America.
Its night vision, keen hearing, and swift silent flight make dusk to dawn the ideal time for great horned owls to hunt totally unsuspecting prey.
Painting of a great horned owl perched on a log with a captured grouse.
Feeds on rodents, small mammals, poultry, game birds and song birds, the bones, fur and feathers of which adorn their nests and the ground below. Also eats water foul, fish, even skunks.

Robs ospreys of fish and sometimes makes the mistake of attacking a porcupine.

Great Horned Owls are so bold many are injured or killed attacking prey.

You’ve may have seen flocks of crows, magpies, or noisy songbirds chasing hawks or owls. Annoying mobs are the smaller species’ only defense against these predators. A hawk will usually fly while a Great Horned Owl will often perch pretending to be indifferent until it finally has had enough.

You can fairly easily observe the bird in its natural habitat, or from around a campfire, which they seem to be attracted to, especially since they are almost everywhere.

Its observant appearance and success as a hunter give it a reputation of being wise. Its deep eerie hoots give it a place in superstitious folklore, and its blood curdling scream can only be fully appreciated deep in a forest, after dark, alone.

Often claims other hawk, eagle, or crow nests, builds nests high in trees (as high as 100 feet) of sticks, twigs, bark and feathers in cavities, or cliff ledges which are normally abandoned after one brood season. Usually remains within a few miles of its nest year around.

Lays two or three dull white eggs which hatch after about a month of incubation and young remain in the nest for about another two months.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommends a Square Platform 24 inches on each side mounted 14′ or higher for the Great Horned Owl, (same as for the Red-tailed Hawk.)

Select to view or print plans for the Hawk, Owl, Osprey Platform
Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes.

Mount 14′ or higher on a sturdy post or structure on a forest edge or in a clearing adjacent to the tree line.

Take great care with this heavy, tall project. Have have it constructed by professional trades workers.

Call of the Great Horned Owl

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