Great Horned Owl

Arctic Fox and Snowy Owl Filmed Doing Strange 'Dance' loading...
Arctic Fox and Snowy Owl Filmed Doing Strange 'Dance'
Is it play or predation? Experts weigh in on a curious video of two Arctic denizens meeting on the snowy tundra.
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Owl 'Swims' for Its Life in Rare Video
Hikers wading through a canyon captured video of an owl exhibiting the strange behaviour.
About Great Horned Owl

The great horned owl is the most common owl of the Americas, easily recognisable because of the feather tufts on its head. These "plumicorns" resemble horns or, to some, catlike ears.

Great horned owls are adaptable birds and live from the Arctic to South America. They are at home in suburbia as well as in woods and farmlands. Northern populations migrate in winter, but most live permanently in more temperate climes.

Fast Facts 

Type: Bird

Diet: Carnivore

Average life span in the wild: 5 to 15 years

Size: Body, 18 to 25 in (46 to 63 cm); Wingspan, 3.3 to 4.8 ft (1 to 1.5 m)

Weight: 2 to 5.5 lbs (1 to 2.5 kg)

Did you know? The male great horned owl is smaller than the female and has a much lower-pitched call.


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