Great Horned Owl is the largest North American owl. This bird's "horns" aren't horns at all—they are
tufts of feathers. The Great
Horned Owl has several nicknames, including "night tiger" and
owl is about 56 cm (22 in) long and weighs approximately 1-2.5 kg (2-5 lbs).
It has yellow eyes in a large head, a short tail, and thick,
mottled brown, rust, and white plumage.
The wings are long and fringed.
Owls, including the Great Horned Owl, have special feathers that
allow them to fly silently.
Horned Owls are found throughout most of North and South America.
They are very adaptable, and will live in forests, deserts,
prairies, farmland, and low mountain areas.
They can even be found in metropolitan and suburban areas.
primarily at night, the Great Horned Owl's diet consists of rodents and
other small mammals, birds, reptiles, insects and occasionally fish.
The Great Horned Owl is one of the only animals that will hunt a
breeding season is in spring and early summer.
The female owl will lay from 1 to 5 round eggs.
The parents will to take care for the owlets for 4 months or more.
owl's thick feathers help it stay warm in the winter, so it is usually a
year-round resident. Great
Horned Owls that live in desert areas and snowy areas have paler plumage
than those found in forested regions.
Great Horned Owl
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