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Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

(Bubo virginianus)

Description

(wingspan: 49’’-62’’) Great Horned Owls are known for their “horns” --or feather tufts-- on their head. The facial disk is outlined with black feathers. They have large yellow eyes. A white bib covers their throat, and the rest of their body has different shades of brown with dark barring. The juveniles have the same plumage as the adults.

Diet

These owls prey on a large variety of different species, but mainly hunt mammals such as rabbits, hares, and rodents.

Migration

Great Horned Owls are found in Colorado year-round.

Breeding

Rather than building their own nest, Great Horned Owls will find an existing nest to use. The females will lay one to five eggs per brood, and the babies will fledge in six to seven weeks.

 

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