Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

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Great Horned Owl Female And Chicks At Nest Hole

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Great Horned Owl Nestlings

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Great Horned Owl (Chick)

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Great Horned Owl

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Great Horned Owl

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Bubo virginianus
Strigidae (owls) in the order Strigiformes

A large owl with wide-set ear tufts, a reddish, brown or gray face and a white throat. The iris is yellow. The upper parts are mottled brown; the underparts are light with brown barring.

Length: 22 inches (tip of bill to tip of tail).
Habitat and conservation: 
Great horned owls are found in many habitats, from deep forests to urban areas.
Prey includes mice, insects, crows, snakes and rabbits; great horned owls have been known to take barred owls, wild turkeys and other larger animals, including skunks.
Distribution in Missouri: 
Common statewide, in most habitats, from forest to urban areas.
Common permanent resident.
Life cycle: 
These owls are nocturnal, with sharp eyes and keen hearing. They observe quietly from a high perch and swoop down to catch prey. Breeding occurs in late January or early February, following a few months of hooting. They often appropriate old nests of other large birds or squirrels but can also nest in cavities or other places. Clutches average 2 eggs, incubation lasts about a month, and young tend to stay near their parents until the next breeding season.
Human connections: 
Great horned owls help reduce populations of mice, rats and other rodents that can be troublesome for humans.
Ecosystem connections: 
As predators, great horned owls play an important role in the wildlife community. Their eggs and young are preyed upon by other predators, including foxes, coyotes and carnivores.
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