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A young great horn owl resting on a steel beam in a large building. No editing as been done to this image.

St. Clair, PA
Canon 50D
Canon 70-200mm lens
Canon 430 flash

Cool Information About the Great Horned Owl:

Cool Facts

  • The Great Horned Owl is the only animal that regularly eats skunks.
  • The Great Horned Owl will take large prey, even other raptorial birds. It regularly kills and eats other owls, and is an important predator on nestling Ospreys. The reintroduction of Peregrine Falcons has been hampered in some areas by owls killing both adult and nestling falcons.
  • The Great Horned Owl is a regular victim of harassment from flocks of American Crows. Crows congregate from long distances to mob owls, and may continue yelling at them for hours. The enmity of the crows is well earned, however, as the owl is probably the most important predator on adult crows and nestlings.
  • Even though the female Great Horned Owl is larger than her mate, the male has a deeper voice. Pairs often call together, with audible differences in pitch.

Habitat

Open Woodland

  • Found in a wide variety of habitats, but prefers open and secondary-growth woodlands and agricultural areas.
  • Also in boreal forest, desert, and suburban and urban areas.

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Food

Mammals

Broad diet of animals, from small mammals to rabbits, geese, and herons. Some birds, amphibians, reptiles, and invertebrates, but mostly mammals.
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Nesting
Nesting Facts

Clutch Size
1–5 eggs
Egg Description
White, close to spherical.
Condition at Hatching
Helpless and covered with white down.

Nest Description

Uses a variety of nest sites, including trees, cliffs, buildings, and the ground. Does not make its own nest. Typically takes over nests in trees made by other bird species. Often puts nest in hollows or broken-off snags in trees.
Nest Placement

Tree
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Behavior

Aerial Dive

Hunts at night, mostly from perches next to open areas.
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Conservation
status via IUCN

Least Concern

Not endangered; populations robust. Individuals may be threats to endangered species.

Credits given to: Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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