Great Horned Owl
Description - The great horned owl is a large
owl that is chiefly nocturnal. Its colour varies from
nearly white (in the Arctic) to dark brown and grey. It
is mottled and streaked below, setting off its white throat.
The ear tufts are prominent and widely spaced; the eyes
are yellow. The call is a series of low, sonorous, far-carrying
Distribution - Great horned owls are resident throughout
all of North America in forests, woodlands, thickets,
chapparal, streamsides, open country, deserts, canyons,
cliffs and even city parks.
Biology - The great horned owl preys on rabbits, rodents
and birds and occasionally skunks. They lay their 2-3
white eggs on a bare surface of a cliff, cave or on the
ground; in the East they will use the uninhabited nests
of the heron, hawk or crow. This is the largest and best
known of the common owls.