Great Horned Owl Information

 

Great Horned Owl Information

Welcome to my Great Horned Owl Information page, here you will find Cool Great Horned Owl Photos and discover the world of Great Horned Owls. To kick off, here is one of the Great Horned Owl Pictures..

Great Horned Owl Information

  • The Great Horned Owls - Bubo Virginianus
  • Wingspan – 120-150cm
  • Total Length – 46-68cm
  • Average Weight 3.1 lbs

Great Horned Owl Information – Description

The Great Horned Owls are a large Owl species native to the Americas. They are one of the most successful predators in Northern America and have a vast range ranging from the equator all the way to the Polar Regions. The female is considerably larger than the male.

Great Horned Owls have large eyes and large ear tufts or “horns”. These are in fact not horns or ears at all but are actually just tufts of feathers which scientists believe are used to break up the outline of the owl to aid camouflage. Their faces are red-brown and close up slightly orange and striped with a white throat patch. This is how they have earned their other name. The Tiger Owl.

They are powerful predators and one of the most rapacious of all the owls. This means that they actively hunt a lot and are very bold and courageous.

Great Horned Owls have yellow to deep orange eyes and are feathered all the way down to the talons. The great Horned Owls cry is a series of low hoots. The females is a higher pitch than the male.

Great Horned Owl Information - Hunting and weaponry

Great Horned Owls are very powerful predators, even though they are not the biggest of the owl species, great horned owls are definitely one of the most successful in terms of hunting. They have a very powerful grip and are capable of carrying very heavy loads.

Great Horned Owls have extremely keen eyesight. They have binocular vision which means they can see further and in better resolution than we can. Having said that, all owls are long sighted and cannot see very well when something is very close. The great horned owl has adapted to being able to see perfectly in low light. The Great horned owl is crepuscular and hunts mainly at dusk and dawn.

The Great horned owls weaponry is very impressive. They have long, hard and very sharp talons on the end of very strong big feet. With these feet they can unleash a devastating amount of crushing power, it is said that these owls can exert 500lbs per square inch of power! Although this has not been officially proven. With these they are able to grasp prey and pierce it with the claws, subduing it quickly.

The Great Horned Owl often still hunts. This means it will sit on a high perch and swoop down on prey from above.

Great Horned Owl Information – Prey Species

  • Mice
  • Voles
  • moles
  • Marmots
  • Shrews
  • Bats
  • Rabbits
  • Hares
  • Porcupines (apparently!?)
  • Armadillos
  • Cats
  • Skunks
  • Herons
  • Other Raptors such as Goshawks when roosting
  • Snowy Owls
  • Great Horned Owls have even been recorded fishing!

you may see from this impressive list and video, the Great horned owl is a versatile predator and obviously capitalises on the prey available at different times of year.

Great Horned Owl Information – Breeding

Great Horned Owls generally breed in January or February. The female lays 2-4 eggs and incubates them for 30-40 days. During this time the male does most of the hunting.

Great Horned Owls will defend their nest to the death and will attack humans that stray too close. Chicks start flying at 7 weeks old but often will hang around their parents begging for food for a lot longer. Not unlike humans ;) Here is another one of the Great Horned Owl Pictures.

Great Horned Owl Information – Use In Falconry

Out of all the Owls, Great Horned Owls are the ones you are most likely to catch something with. This does not mean you will be successful. Owls are slow, (both physically and mentally) and are extremely stubborn. Even a perfectly trained and well mannered owl can sit in a tree looking disdainfully at your pointless antics for unbelievable amounts of time!

Nevertheless, if you are wanting to hunt with an owl...(silly you) then I guess the Great Horned owl is probably the best choice. However in my opinion it is better to forget hunting with an owl, leave that to the diurnal raptors and fly it for fun and as a companion.

Great Horned owls should be trained much like a buteo, to the fist and to a dragged lure (dummy bunny). Weight control, however is different with owls as they do not have a crop.

When a diurnal raptor eats food, it is stored in the crop for a while. This means they are easier to train because you can have longer sessions. They do not feel the need to flap up to the nearest tree and go to sleep. Owls on the other hand get “fed up” much quicker and therefore the training sessions must be cut short.

Flying owls should be done for fun and the enjoyment factor of watching one of nature’s most mysterious and beautiful creatures floating silently past you. Don’t expect to catch 100 head in your first season :)

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