Great Horned Owl

(Bubo virginianus)

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

LC - Least Concern

Great Horned Owl


N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked


not listed


Common year-round resident


Fragmented forests, riparian woodlands, landfills.


18 to 25 in length

36 to 60 wingspan


















Strigiformes (owls)



Strigidae (typical owls)

Subordinate Taxa

Baja California Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus elachistus)

Californian Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus pacificus)

Coastal Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus saturatus)

Desert Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus pallescens)

Eastern Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus virginianus)

North Andean Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus nigrescens)

Northeastern Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus heterocnemis)

Northern Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus subarcticus)

Oaxaca Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus mesembrinus)

Rocky Mountains Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus pinorum)

South American Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus nacurutu)

Yucatán Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus mayensis)








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Bill Reynolds

The Owl feed good winter on my Guineas, since getting a guard dog, I've only lost one turkey the owls.

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Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren
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  Rescuing a Baby Great Horned Owl
Joshua Mayer
  Rescuing a Baby Great Horned Owl  

I found this baby Great Horned Owl near my house last week and took it in to the emergency vet clinic. It had fallen out of its nest and was very dehydrated but is now doing well. They came back today to try and find the nest, but couldn't locate it. Instead, this little guy will now be fostered by another owl and eventually released back into the wild.

  Great Horned Owl Night Shots
Craig A. Mullenbach
  Great Horned Owl Night Shots  

I was fiddling around trying to take star photos and I noticed this guy in the tree. Check out the "more properties" of these photos to see how long the exposures were. Unfortunately, he wouldn't sit still while I had the shutter open. I also had a hard time focusing because I couldn't see him well in the view finder. These are the three best shots of about 20 attempts.

  Great Horned Owl Eating a Mouse
Craig A. Mullenbach
  Great Horned Owl Eating a Mouse  

Click on the Slideshow Icon towards the top right. You'll get a full screen view of the Owl eating her mouse.

The handler from the University of Minnesota Raptor Center gave this gal a whole mouse to eat. It was already dead so we didn't see any killing....

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  Great Horned Owls (Bubo virginianus)

Published on Mar 2, 2013

This is a Male and Female Great Horned Owls (Bubo virginianus) preparing for their little nesting of baby owlets. The nest once belong to Ravens as where the Owls dominate and take over the nest Great Horned Owls are also called Tiger Owls.

  Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) preening
Stoil Ivanov

Published on Apr 13, 2013

Great Horned Owl, (Bubo virginianus) preening and keeping an eye on its chick. Filmed on 4-07-2013 at Fabyan Forest Preserve Geneva, IL.

  Great Horned Owl (Strigidae: Bubo virginianus) in Spruce Tree
Carl Barrentine

Uploaded on Apr 1, 2011

Photographed at Grand Forks, North Dakota (01 April 2011).





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John Wynn

Location: 8784 Springwood Drive, Woodbury, MN, Washington County

there is a pair of owls calling back and forth at night. Heard them, and then observed one of them on top of our neighbors roof at midnight tonight. Have been hearing their calls for a couple of years,  but this is the first time I’ve seen one of them.

We have a large rabbit population in the neighborhood so hopefully they are helping control it

Bill Reynolds

Location: Pennington Co.

The Owl feed good winter on my Guineas, since getting a guard dog, I've only lost one turkey the owls.

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