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Great Horned Owl

Bubo virginianus


Great Horned Owls range in length from 18–27 in (46–69 cm) and have a wingspan of 40–60.5 in (101–153 cm); Females are larger than males, an average adult being 22 in (55 cm) long with a 49 in (124 cm) wingspan and weighing about 3.1 lbs (1400 g). Depending on subspecies, Great Horned Owls can weigh from 0.72 to 2.55 kg (1.6 to 5.6 lb).[1] Adults have large ear tufts, a reddish, brown or gray face and a white patch on the throat. The iris is yellow, except the amber-eyed South American Great Horned Owl (B. V. nacurutu). Its "horns" are neither ears nor horns, simply tufts of feathers. The underparts are light with brown barring; the upper parts are mottled brown. The legs and feet are covered in feathers up to the talons. There are individual and regional variations in color; birds from the sub-Arctic are a washed-out, light-buff color, while those from Central America can be a dark chocolate brown.

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williefromwi 9 years ago

Thanks ShannaB I have several other spottings of Great Horned Owls if you care to look at them. I will also be posting a photo of a spotting of the young owlet, showing the changes that have taken place with its development from the last time I saw and captured its beauty.

ShannaB 9 years ago

Just beautiful.

williefromwi 9 years ago

Gracias harsuame tanto, creo que es un pájaro espectacular también.

harsuame 9 years ago

Espectacular muy bello

williefromwi 9 years ago

I have been blessed this year and have seen over a dozen great horned owls in a number of different locations. Most are at quite a distance, and all I can do is use binoculars to view them. Some like this one, have allowed me to get rather close so I could make a capture of their beauty. I wish you all the best in your attempt to find and photograph this magnificent owl.

EricEllison 9 years ago

ive been wanting a good owl shot...nice one

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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA

Spotted on Apr 21, 2012
Submitted on May 17, 2012


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