Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl
Bubo virginianus


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Strigiformes
FAMILY
Strigidae

Range

North and South America


Habitat

Forests or wooded areas


Diet

Rabbits, lizards, frogs, insects, birds and rodents

Weight

2 - 5.5 lbs.

Height

18 - 23 in.

Wingspan

3.3 - 4.8 ft.

Incubation

30 - 37 days

Clutch

1 – 4 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • Its large eyes give it four times the night vision that humans have.
  • Its feathers allow it to fly effortlessly without noisy flapping to alert its prey.
  • Its talons can hold up to 30 pounds before its grip on an object fails.
  • If a human's eyes were as large as an owl's in relation to its body, people would need a head the size of a wash tub.
  • The great horned owl gets its name from the tufts of feathers on its head that look like ears.

 

Conservation

Least Concern

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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