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Owls of North America: Great Horned Owls

The Great Horned Owl is “your classic owl. Perhaps it should be called the movie star owl, for if you’ve ever heard an owl hoot in the movies, it was most likely the Great Horned. In fact, if you’ve ever heard an owl hoot in your neighborhood, it was probably a Great Horned Owl, too. These big, powerful owls give the quintessential hoot: “Hooo-hoo-hoo-hooo.” And unlike many other owl species, these vocal birds can be heard hooting year-round and in a wide variety of habitats from forests to farmland to city parks and neighborhoods.  If you hear the hoot, look up and see if you can spot the ‘great horns’ of the Great Horned Owl.” Learn more by following our partner, Owl Research Institute on Facebook!

You can see highlights of our Great Horned Owl live cam from last spring here. Be sure to catch the short videos of the Owl chicks looking out for each other!