Great Horned Owl
||Name: Great Horned Owl|
|Scientific name: Bubo virginianus|
|Range: North and South America|
|Habitat: deep forest, desert cliffs, and woodland lots to suburban estates, parks, and cemeteries. They roost in dense foliage, tree holes, old nest, and cliffs ledges.|
|Status: Not threatened|
|Diet: distinct preferences for rabbits, rats, and mice. Other prey: opossums, muskrats, woodchucks, squirrels, gophers, and meadow mice. Known to kill: porcupines, cats, skunks, and large birds like ducks, geese, swans, grouse, turkey, and chicken. When prey is limited, they will take many kinds of hawks, owls, snakes, frogs, lizards, crayfish, and other kinds of fish and large insects|
|Diet in the zoo: carnivore diet|
|Location in the zoo:Texas Wild Brush Country Section|
|General information: Great Horned Owls do not build nests, but they will use the old nests of hawks, herons, eagles, and crows. They mostly use nests that were used by the red tailed hawk and regularly take over active nest of these species. Owlets have been known to be raised in the corner of an active bald eagles nest. There are usually 2-3 eggs laid from early January to February. After hatching the young owls often spend 10 days to 2 weeks on the nest protected by their parents until they are capable of fight.|
or behavioral adaptations:
The sound of the hoot of the male
owl is deep while the sound of the female is at a higher pitch. The males
usually give four to five hoots; females(lower in pitch) six to eight hoots.
Great Horned Owls prefers to sit in a tall post or tree at the edge of
a field or forest to listen and watch for their prey. They also can fly
through the forest or field like a whispering wind.
|Comments about the Great Horned
Owl of the Fort Worth Zoo:
The Great Horned Owl is rarely on
display at the Fort Worth Zoo.
The owls seem to spend most of their
time sleeping , but when they do come out they will just look at you. Its
like a starring game and they win every time.
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