Northern Great Horned Eagle Owl taken at the Raptor and Birds Of Prey Centre in Ringwood, Hampsire.

Great Horned Owls range in length from 18-25 inches (46–68 cm) and have a wingspan of 40-60.5 in (101–153 cm); Females are larger than males, an average adult being 22 in (55 cm) long with a 49 in (124 cm) wingspan and weighing about 3.1 lbs (1400 g).

Adults have large ear tufts, a reddish, brown or gray face and a white patch on the throat. The iris is yellow, except the amber-eyed South American Great Horned Owl (B. V. nacurutu). Its “horns” are neither ears nor horns, simply tufts of feathers. The underparts are light with brown barring; the upper parts are mottled brown. The legs and feet are covered in feathers up to the talons. There are individual and regional variations in color; birds from the sub-Arctic are a washed-out, light-buff color, while those from Central America can be a dark chocolate brown.

Their call is a low-pitched but loud ho-ho-hoo hoo hoo; sometimes it is only four syllables instead of five. The female’s call is higher and rises in pitch at the end of the call. Young owls make hissing or screeching sounds that are often confused with the calls of Barn Owls.

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Comments

  • walstraasart
    walstraasartover 3 years ago

    A very beautiful well captured photograph Pauline

  • Thankyou so much Thea x

    – naturelover

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusterover 3 years ago

    A wonderful face, I love owls but have yet to get an image of one. You are so lucky! Dee

  • These Birds of Prey centres are great places to get shots, they fly free and you get really close, hope you can find one in your area. thankyou for the lovely comment Dee x

    – naturelover

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 3 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Many thanks Rick x

    – naturelover

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    NatureGreeting...over 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture, and a fave!!!

  • Thankyou so much for the fav and super comment Carolyn x

    – naturelover

  • Meladana
    Meladanaover 3 years ago

    Just love the bright golden amber of the eye! Brilliant shot and good info! :))

  • So pleased you like it Meladana,thankyou x

    – naturelover

  • Walter Colvin
    Walter Colvinover 3 years ago

    Wow! This is a great shot Pauline. Very well done.

  • Cheers Walter,really pleased you like it x

    – naturelover

  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyardover 3 years ago

    Lovely shot, he looks very majestic!

  • Thankyou so much Byron x

    – naturelover

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertover 3 years ago

    Thank you for the great shot and history of this Wonderful Creature…T

  • Thankyou for the great comment Thomas, I do appreciate it x

    – naturelover

  • David Smith
    David Smithover 3 years ago

    Tremendous take Pauline excellent detail and history and it looks well fed so you should have no fear of being to close lol.

    Regards Dave.xxx

  • Me and birds are a touchy subject lol, but love them Dave,glad you like it thanks loads xx

    – naturelover

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 3 years ago

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