Great-horned Owl

Great-horned

Owl

Bubo virginianus

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DESCRIPTION

I nest quite early, February even, and I am often caught off guard by the snow.  Females incubate the eggs while we, the males, bring them food.  The number of eggs will vary from year to year depending on the abundance of prey. 

A picky eater I am not, I’ll eat almost anything, even cats, skunks or smaller owls. I like to think I’m the tiger of the skies. That’s in fact why crows gang up and mob me loudly whenever they see me ; to protect themselves.

I often share my habitat with the Red-tailed Hawk. The hawk hunts during the day while I hunt at night. It’s a good thing we don’t cross paths, since I even go as far as settling into the hawk’s nest while it’s still in the southern regions.

Location

Great-horned Owl

Caracteristics

dimension

Length M : 46 - 58,5 cm F : 56 - 63 cm
Weight M : 1318 g F : 1769 g
Wing span 91,4 - 152,4 cm

Lifespan

Record 20 years in the wild, over 30 years in captivity

Habitat

Forests, fields, clearings

Diet

Small mammals, birds, hares, skunks

Reproduction

1 brood per year; monogamous; generally 2-3 eggs; incubation 26-30 days

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