Great Horned Owl

Bubo Virginianus

Scientific Name

Great Horned Owl:  
Bubo Virginianus

Distribution and Habitat

Geographic Range

This striking bird is found throughout areas of North & South America from the Artic to the Straits of Magellan.

Natural Habitat

They may be found from woodlands to open country, urban parks to semi-deserts. They also live from low altitudes to below the timberline high in the mountains.

Physical Characteristics

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Conservation Status

Least Concern: The Great Horned Owl is common or abundant and is likely to survive in the wild.

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In the wild, great horned owls hunt rodents, (skunks and rabbits are their favorites), birds, as well as other mammals, invertebrates, fish, frogs and lizards. In captivity they are fed mice.