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Regi Great Horned Owl

Regi Great Horned Owl

Scientific Name: Bubo virginianus

Hatch Year: 2012

Non-releasable due to: human imprint

Great Horned Owl Facts:

  • Great Horned Owls are one of the most common owls in North America, found in deserts, wetlands, forests, grasslands, backyards, cities, and almost any other semi-open habitat between the Arctic and the tropics.
  • Like much of the raptor world, females are larger than males – a condition known as reverse sexual dimorphism. Males, however, have a larger voice box and a deeper voice.
  • When clenched, a Great Horned Owl’s strong talons require a force of 28 pounds to open.
  • Great Horned Owls can take both large and small prey, including raptors such as Ospreys, Peregrine Falcons, Prairie Falcons, other owls, rodents, and frogs.
  • Owls’ eyes don’t move in their sockets, but they can swivel their heads more than 180 degrees to look in any direction.  Contrary to a widely-held belief, owls cannot turn their heads all the way around.

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