Species: Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)

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Great Horned Owl

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Bubo virginianus

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Chances of seeing Great Horned Owl in Alaska

Great Horned Owl in Detail.

Bubo virginianus, commonly known as the Great Horned Owl, is a species of owl native to the Americas. It is one of the largest and most widespread owl species, with a length of 18-25 inches (46-63 cm) and a wingspan of up to 5 feet (1.5 meters).

The Great Horned Owl is known for its distinctive appearance, with prominent ear tufts or "horns" on its head. Its plumage is mottled brown, gray, and white, which helps it blend in with its surroundings. The owl has large, yellow eyes that are adapted for low-light conditions, and it has powerful talons and a sharp beak for hunting. They are primarily nocturnal and hunt small mammals, birds, and reptiles.

Great Horned Owls are known for their distinctive hooting call, which is often heard during the night. They are also known for their aggressive behavior and will defend their territory and young from perceived threats, including humans. Despite this, they have a strong cultural significance in many Indigenous cultures, where they are often seen as symbols of wisdom and power.


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Habitat of Great Horned Owl in AlaskaHabitat & Range

Great Horned Owls are found throughout North and South America, from the Arctic to the tropics. They are adaptable and can live in a variety of habitats, including forests, deserts, grasslands, and urban areas.


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