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Great Horned Owl

Bubo virginianus

Description:

Great Horned Owls are the heaviest extant owl in Central and South America and are the second heaviest owl in North America, after the closely related but very different looking Snowy Owl (B. scandiacus). They range in length from 43–64 cm (17–25 in) and have a wingspan of 91–153 cm (36–60 in).[1][2][3][4] Females are invariably somewhat larger than males. An average adult is around 55 cm (22 in) long with a 124 cm (49 in) wingspan and weighing about 1.4 kg (3.1 lb).[5] Depending on subspecies, Great Horned Owls can weigh from 0.6 to 2.6 kg (1.3 to 5.7 lb).[6] Among standard measurements, the tail measures 17.5–25 cm (6.9–9.8 in) long, the wing chord measures 31.3–40 cm (12.3–16 in), the tarsal length is 5.4–8 cm (2.1–3.1 in) and the bill is 3.3–5.2 cm (1.3–2.0 in).[3][7] (Wikipedia)

Habitat:

Grove of trees in a shrub-steppe area.

Notes:

One of a pair that I visited later in the year who had two owlets.

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7 Comments

Atul
Atul 9 years ago

Superb!!

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Excellent!

birdlady6000
birdlady6000 9 years ago

Love this!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

now THATS awesome. great shot man.

Steve Lenz
Steve Lenz 9 years ago

Thank you! In the second shot the owl is free-falling out of the tree before opening its wings to fly away.

ceherzog
ceherzog 9 years ago

Super shots! What's going on in the second photo?

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Nice!!

Steve Lenz
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Steve Lenz

Tri-Cities, Washington, USA

Spotted on Mar 10, 2012
Submitted on Sep 27, 2012

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