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Great Horned Owl

Bubo virginianus


A very large owl with ear tufts, or "horns". Heavily barred beneath; conspicuous white throat bib. In flight, as large as larger hawks; appears neckless, large-headed.


Forests, woodlots, open country.


Often active just before dark. Male usually utters five or six resonant hoots: hu-hu-hu-hu, hoo!, hoo! Females hoots slightly higher pitched, in shorter sequence. Young make catlike screams, especially when begging or when separated from adults in late summer and fall.

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Hema 7 years ago

great info and spotting! Welcome To Project Noah!!

North Dakota, USA

Lat: 46.92, Long: -103.53

Spotted on Aug 11, 2011
Submitted on Dec 13, 2011

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