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Great Horned Owl; Bubo virginianus | by MissionPhotography
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Great Horned Owl; Bubo virginianus

* B. v. pacificus Cassin, 1854: California Great Horned Owl


Central and southern California west of the Sierra Nevada except San Joaquin Valley, south to NW Baja California, Mexico. Intergrades with pallescens in San Diego County, California (see also below). Resident all-year.

Very rich brown, dark underside barring distinct but less pronounced that in saturatus. Humeral area black. Feet mottled dark.

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Taken on January 20, 2007