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Great Horned Owl
(Bubo virginianus)
walrus
Description
They have a rounded facial structure and forward-facing eyes which allow for binocular vision. They have distinctive horn-like feather tufts on the tops of their heads. The tufts are usually darker than the rest of the head, improving camouflage. They have a distinctive white spot on their throat. Their underbellies are white with brown and black 'bars' distributed throughout. They are white or tan colored around a black bill. Their back is darker in color, featuring mottled blacks and browns.
Dimensions
They range in length from 17 to 25 inches, and have a wingspan of 36 to 60 inches. They can weigh from 1.3 to 5.7 lb. Females are larger than males.
Diet
They are carnivores. They feed on smaller prey like juvenile rabbits and small rodents or insects; they are capable of hunting fish, amphibians, crustaceans, and reptiles.
Habitat & Range
Their habitats include grasslands, deserts, swamps, marshes, mangroves, and both rural and urban human settlements. Great horned owls are native to a large geographic range that covers most of North America.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS LEAST CONCERN

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