Great Horned Owl - Bulbo virginianus.|
This bird's large size (nearly two feet tall), bulk and white are on it's throat distinguish it from other owls. They can live in many areas ranging from forests to deserts and even in cities. Look for their nests high in trees or in caves, and sometimes on the ground; you may see them resting during the day - they are nocturnal. Because they are large owls, their prey can be as big as a skunk, rabbit or grouse. The great horned owl's call is usually eight loud hoots, the latter hoots shorter and more closely spaced.
Adapted from National Geographic Society's Field Guide to Birds of North America, 2nd edition, 1987.
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