Size: 25 inches (64 cm)
Weight: 2-3 1/4 lbs (906-1472g)
Migration: Partial Migrant
Habitat: Most forst types, grassland, shrubland, and rocky areas with steep gorges
Information About Great Horned Owls
This large, mainly nocturnal, owl has large erect ear tufts, and its gray - mostly brown plumage is mottled above and barred underneath, helping it roost virtually undetected during daylight hours. It's mostly commonly seen with rust-brown facial disks and a white chin and throat.
Occuring throughout North and South America, from the most northern treeline and south to Chile, the Great Horned Owl occupies the widest habitat range of any owl in the world. This is because it takes a wide vareity of prey and will use virtually any nesting site, including rock faces and old buildings that offer sufficient cover.
Great Horned Owl Ear Tufts:
Several owls, including the Great Horned Owl, have prominent ear tufts or "horns", as they are also called. The function of these tufts remains disputed. Some argue that they aid in daytime camoflage, breaking up the shape and helping it blend with its perch. Others believe that the tufts are used for behavioral signaling and species recognition. What appears clear, however, is that they have no role in hearing.