Great-horned Owl
The darker owl visible in the enclosure, also in the below photo, has resided at CCEEC for over 20 years, and has helped thousands of people understand the role predators play in an ecosystem by attending programs. While his coop-mates dislike programs, they serve as companions.
Great-horned Owls are sometimes put at odd with humans due to their varied diet, which may include domestic chickens or homing pigeons. In general, they prefer smaller mammals like mice and shrews, which are "fast-food"; quick to catch, kill, and swallow.
If you hear owls hooting to each other, typically in the fall, you can hear a distinct difference in their individual voices. This could be true for many species of birds, but we rarely notice, or take the time to listen.

Great-horned Owl

Fast Facts

Great-horned Owl: Bubo virginianus

Range: Widespread year-round across North America

Habitat: Open woodland, sometimes thicker forest growth and open agricultural areas

Nest: Variable, often adopted from abandoned hawk nests, or other species including squirrels

Eggs: 1-4 whitish, nearly spherical in shape

Diet: Highly diverse and dependent on prey availability; primarily mammals and birds, but also fish and invertebrates.

Trivia: The sound typically associated with owls, a deep "hoot" is the call of the Great-horned.

Most of its prey are killed through the sheer power of the foot muscles, capable of exerting 28lbs of force when the talons are clenched



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Cornell Lab of Ornithology

National Audubon Society

Adironack Wildlife

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