Great Horned Owl



Scientific name: Bubo virginianus

Exceptionally adaptable to a wide range of habitats and climates, the Great Horned Owl is a very widespread nocturnal predator. Its acute vision and hearing and its powerful talons make it a formidable hunter. Great Horned Owls are known to capture mammals and birds, as well as reptiles and even fish.

Great Horned Owls typically roost during the day, and if discovered by other birds such as crows, jays, or chickadees, they are often mobbed by a noisy group. Other owls are no match for the Great Horned Owl, and they typically stop calling if a Great Horned Owl is heard nearby.