Great Horned Owl

About the Great Horned Owl

Also known as: Hoot Owl, Cat Owl, Winged Tiger

The Great Horned Owl is a large owl native to North and South America. It is an adaptable bird with a vast range, though it is not as widespread as the Barn Owl.

Generally, the largest owls are found closer to the Polar regions and the smallest owls are found closer to the Equator, while females are larger than males. Adults have large ear tufts, a reddish, brown or gray face and a white patch on the throat. The iris is yellow. The ear tufts are not actually ears, but simply tufts of feathers.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 25 July 2007
Scientific Name
Bubo virginianus
  • Strigiformes
  • Strigidae
  • Bubo
  • B. virginianus
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 27 September 2017)
LC
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Measurements
Units: Imperial / Metric
18 to 27 inches
40 to 60.5 inches
50 ounces

Range

International Names

Brazilian Jacurutu
Chinese 美洲雕鸮
Czech Výr Virginský
Danish Amerikansk Stor
Dutch Amerikaanse oehoe
Finnish Amerikanhuuhkaja
French Grand-duc d'Amérique
German Virginia-Uhu
Italian Gufo della Virginia
Japanese アメリカワシミミズク (Amerikawashimimizuku)
Korean 수리부엉이 (Suribueongi)
Norwegian Amerikahubro
Polish Puchacz Wirginijski
Russian Американский филин
Spanish Bubo virginianus
Swedish Virginiauv
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