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Great Horned Owl

Bubo virginianus


One of the few natural predators of the skunk, great flexibility in habitat and prey spectrum, big eyes great for day and night; eye sockets so big it has no room for muscles to move the head so turn head 3/4 of the way around. Coloring to look like tree bark, soft feathers for silent flight. Does not make nests, steals from Red-Tailed Hawk nests or crow from previous year. 2-4 pounds, 5 ft wingspan. 200+ pounds of square pressure per inch IN EACH TALON.


Prefers standing trees with open hunting areas around it.


This is Wowl, the oldest of the owls (25 yrs old) at the BRC in Santa Rosa. Came in for the saddest reason of all. She's been human integrated, which means some person fed her and never learned how to hunt, but she is fully flighted. That's why you never feed animals, EVER. It takes 8 pounds of pressure to brake your hand but these owls realize the delicate hand situation.

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Sebastopol, California, USA

Lat: 38.40, Long: -122.83

Spotted on Jul 1, 2012
Submitted on Jul 1, 2012

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