Thursday, July 3, 2014

Great Horned Owl

Not far from the pygmy-owl (last February in Texas) sat a Great Horned Owl—what a contrast in size! Great Horned Owls mostly hunt at night, but sometimes also during the day. Ninety percent of its prey is mammalian, and only 10% are birds. A small number of other creatures are also taken (Houston et al. 1998).

Great Horned Owls are found across North America, from Alaska and northern Canada to southern Central America. They enjoy a wide ecological range—including deserts, grasslands, suburban, forest, and marshland habitats. I have previously posted a photo of this species’ nesting in the middle of the Florida Everglades.

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