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Great horned owl

Bubo virginianus


The second heaviest owl in North America. 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. Their call is a low-pitched but loud ho-ho-hoo hoo hoo; sometimes it is only four syllables instead of five. The female's call is higher and rises in pitch at the end of the call. Young owls make hissing or screeching sounds that are often confused with the calls of Barn Owls.


widespread through out North America


Great horned owl from the phoenix zoo she was brought to the library for the kids to see

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the_tajminator 8 years ago

lol no but that'd be a great job to have. The owl was just visiting the local library from the zoo so I got some pictures

Wow! You tamed an owl.

the_tajminator 8 years ago

I will thanks for the suggestion

ChristyHolland 8 years ago

Nice! I'd love you to add this spotting to the mission Raptors of North America:

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Arizona, USA

Spotted on Jul 2, 2012
Submitted on Jul 2, 2012

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