Great Horned Owl
Appearance: One of the largest owls in North America. They
have a broad, bulky body and large head with prominent widely-spaced
ear tufts; large bright yellow eyes framed by a tawny facial disc.
The coloration is mottled brown, black, gray, and white.
Range: Found throughout North and South America.
Nesting: Will nest in old hawk, eagle, and heron nests,
on cliff ledges and rocky crevices, and large tree cavities.
Eggs: 1-6 eggs per clutch. Usually first bird of prey to
nest. Both parents participate in incubation and chick rearing.
Diet: Varied; prefers rabbits, rats and mice, but will eat
medium-sized mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
- Can rotate their head 270 degrees to compensate for lack of
eye movement within the socket
- Has 14 cervical vertebrae which allows head rotation
- Have the strongest feet for birds their size