Great Horned Owl

General description.

The Great Horned Owl is the most widespread owl in North America. This bird is often found hunting in the forest at night for the small mammals that it eats. This bird doesn't limit itself to small mammals though; the Great Horned Owl has been known to take down prey much larger than itself including domestic cats, skunks, and porcupines. During nesting season, these birds become incredibly aggressive, defending the nest and the young and often attacking humans who come too close. This bird nests in a wide variety of places and will nest on artificial nesting platforms. This bird nests as early a February, making it the earliest bird to nest. The bird is common, though many are killed by hunters and farmers.

Flight pattern.

Direct with strong, silent wing beats.

Breeding habits.


Calls or song.

Whoo! Whoo-whoo-whoo! Whoo! Whoo! "Are you awake? Me too!"

Population and distribution.


Nesting habits.

The Great Horned Owl nests in birdhouses, buildings, dead trees, trees, and on cliffs and stumps and lays 1-5 dull white eggs in February.
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