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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). Adults have large ear tufts, a reddish, brown or gray face and a white patch on the throat. The iris is yellow. 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.


In a Mesquite tree in Mesa, Arizona

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drmo 8 years ago

This guy hung around for some time and comes back often to perch in our trees. I love it.

drmo 8 years ago

Thank you

ChristyHolland 8 years ago

Great shot!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Super photo !! The detail in the feathers is amazing. Thanks for sharing this one.

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Mesa, Arizona, USA

Spotted on Jun 23, 2009
Submitted on Jun 24, 2012

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