Great Horned Owl

The great horned owl is a very adaptable bird that can live from the Arctic to South America. This owl is generally solitary but does form a monogamous pair during mating season. After the offspring are fledged, the bonded pair will live in adjacent territories. The great horned owl is a very adept nighttime hunter. The wings have soft tipped feathers that allow for a quiet flight—great for surprising prey.

Great Horned Owl

Bubo virginianus

Distribution: Savanna, forests, shrubland and desert in North America, Central America and northern and central South America

Diet in the Wild: Rodents, small to mid-sized mammals, birds (including falcons and other owls!)

Diet at Caldwell Zoo: Bird of prey diet, mice and turkey necks

IUCN Red List Status: Least concern, population stable

Interesting Facts:

The great horned owl is so named for the feathery tufts above its eyes, called plumicorns.

Great horned owls are impressively strong, being able to carry prey items that are even heavier than themselves.

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