Great Horned Owl

Great horned owl
Great horned owl. Image by Amber Dawn from Pixabay
AppearanceThe Great horned owl is a large bird about 22″ long. They have a large barrel-shaped body with tufts of feathers that stick up and appear as though they’re ear (but they’re not). They’re mostly brown with dark bars and specks throughout and a subtle white stripe across the throat. Large yellow eyes with a short bill.
DietMammals, large birds, snakes, and large insects.
Feeder FoodThey don’t visit feeders.
HabitatWoodlands with open areas but will live just about anywhere.
NestingThey use the nest of another large bird typically located in a tree or will nest in a tree cavity. They have 1 brood/year and 1-4 eggs/brood. Eggs are white and round with a rough surface. Incubation lasts 30-387 days and fledglings leave the nest about 30-45 days after hatching.

Range Map

Great horned owl range map.
Great horned owl range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.