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.
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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