Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
The great horned owl is one of the most common North American owl species and can be found inhabiting just about any semi-open environment: deserts, wetlands, forests, grasslands, backyards, and even large cities. Despite the species’ sexual dimorphism, the smaller male has a larger voice box and deeper voice than the female - pairs occasionally call together with an audible difference in tone. This powerful predator has the most varied diet of any North American raptor and is capable of hunting large prey items, including other raptors such as ospreys and peregrine falcons. The great horned owl is so powerful, that once closed its talons required a force of thirteen kilograms to open.