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That Nest in Birdhouses

70birds

That Nest in Birdhouses

70birds

That Nest in Birdhouses

More than 70 North American bird species live in nest boxes or on platforms.

See which birds live near you. Learn about those birds and how to make birdhouses for them.

 

Too many bird houses can drive off nesting birds, including a specific bird species we want to attract.

For most yards, select just one or two bird species that are known to nest in bird houses in that region.

 

Feeding birds will not attract birds to nest and raise a family in a bird house.

Nesting, egg laying birds need seclusion and are unlikely to nest in a bird house near throngs of birds flocking to bird feeders.

 

Nest boxes simulate tree cavities.

Some birds that nest in tree cavities will also nest inside wood nest boxes if they are the right size.

Some birds that nest on tree branches, cliffs, and rock ledges will also nest on wood platforms.

Birds like birdhouses to be in their favorite places.

 

Great Horned Owl

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

La. strix  owl
La. strigis owl
La. forma form, shape, kind
La. -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. They have 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 in a tree with prey in its talons in a snowy forest.

Great horned owls inhabit 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.

Great horned owls’ observant appearance and success as hunters give them a reputation of being wise.

Great horned owl song put to sheet music.

Call of the Great Horned Owl

Their deep eerie hoots give them a place in superstitious folklore, and their blood curdling scream can only be fully appreciated if you are deep in a forest, after dark, alone.

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.

Their night vision, keen hearing, and swift silent flight make dusk to dawn the ideal time for great horned owls to hunt totally unsuspecting prey.

Great horned owls feed on rodents, small mammals, poultry, game birds and song birds, the bones, fur and feathers of which adorn their nests and the ground below.

They also eat water foul, fish, even skunks.

Great horned owls are so bold many are injured or killed attacking prey. They rob ospreys of fish and sometimes make the mistake of attacking a porcupine.

Painting of a great horned owl perched on a log with a captured grouse.

You 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 has finally had enough and fly.

Great horned owls build nests high in trees, sometimes as high as 100 feet, of sticks, twigs, bark and feathers in cavities, or cliff ledges which are normally abandoned after one brood season.

They often claim other hawk, eagle, or crow nests. They usually remain within a few miles of their nest year around.

Females lay 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.

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Great Horned Owl

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

La. strix  owl
La. strigis owl
La. forma form, shape, kind

La. -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.

Painting of a great horned owl with prey in its talons perched on a tree in a wintery forest.

Ear tufts give the illusion of horns. They have 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.

Great horned owls inhabit 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 owl song transcribed to sheet music.

Call of the Great Horned Owl

Great horned owls’ observant appearance and success as hunters give them a reputation of being wise. Their deep eerie hoots give them a place in superstitious folklore, and their blood curdling scream can only be fully appreciated if you are deep in a forest, after dark, alone.

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.

Their night vision, keen hearing, and swift silent flight make dusk to dawn the ideal time for great horned owls to hunt totally unsuspecting prey.

Great horned owls feed on rodents, small mammals, poultry, game birds and song birds, the bones, fur and feathers of which adorn their nests and the ground below.

They also eat water foul, fish, even skunks.

Great horned owls are so bold many are injured or killed attacking prey. They rob ospreys of fish and sometimes make the mistake of attacking a porcupine.

Painting of a great horned owl with a prairie chicken in its talons.

You 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 has finally had enough and fly.

Great horned owls build nests high in trees, sometimes as high as 100 feet, of sticks, twigs, bark and feathers in cavities, or cliff ledges which are normally abandoned after one brood season.

They often claim other hawk, eagle, or crow nests. They usually remain within a few miles of their nest year around.

Females lay 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.

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Great Horned Owl

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Painting of a great horned owl perched in a tree with prey in its talons in a snowy forest.

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

La. strix  owl
La. strigis owl
La. forma form, shape, kind

La. -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. They have 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.

Great horned owls inhabit 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’ observant appearance and success as hunters give them a reputation of being wise.

Great horned owl song transcribed to sheet music.

Call of the Great Horned Owl

Their deep eerie hoots give them a place in superstitious folklore, and their blood curdling scream can only be fully appreciated if you are deep in a forest, after dark, alone.

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.

Their night vision, keen hearing, and swift silent flight make dusk to dawn the ideal time for great horned owls to hunt totally unsuspecting prey.

Great horned owls feed on rodents, small mammals, poultry, game birds and song birds, the bones, fur and feathers of which adorn their nests and the ground below. They also eat water foul, fish, even skunks.

Great horned owls are so bold many are injured or killed attacking prey. They rob ospreys of fish and sometimes make the mistake of attacking a porcupine.

You 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 has finally had enough and fly.

Great horned owls build nests high in trees, sometimes as high as 100 feet, of sticks, twigs, bark and feathers in cavities, or cliff ledges which are normally abandoned after one brood season.

They often claim other hawk, eagle, or crow nests. They usually remain within a few miles of their nest year around.

Females lay 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. Drill countersunk pilot holes in primary work pieces. Drill regular pilot holes in secondary work pieces. This reduces a tendency for wood to split and makes for easy assembly.

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.

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