Bubo virginianus virginianus


Common Names: Great horned owl, tiger owl, hoot owl
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Owls


Owls have spectacular binocular vision allowing them to pinpoint prey and see in low light. The eyes of great horned owls are nearly as large as those of humans and are immobile within their circular bone sockets. Instead of turning their eyes, they turn their heads. Therefore, their neck must be able to turn a full 270 degrees in order to see in other directions without moving its entire body. An owl's hearing is as good, if not better, than its vision; they have better depth perception and better perception of sound elevation (up-down direction) than humans. This is due to owl ears not being placed in the same position on either side of their head: the right ear is typically set higher in the skull and at a slightly different angle. By tilting or turning its head until the sound is the same in each ear, an owl can pinpoint both the horizontal and vertical direction of a sound.

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Warnings: While they typically avoid humans, they are capable of inflicting significant damage with their claws and beaks and therefore should only be handled by trained professionals or not at all. Do not attempt to handle an injured great horned owl . They are birds of prey and could potentially be a threat to small pets though this is not a common problem.
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