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Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
L 22" (56 cm).

Song or calls:
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Deep, resonant “hoo, hoo-hoo-hoo,&rdqupo hoo,” second and third hoots are often short and rapid.

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Description: Sexes similar. Large, bulky owl. Mottled gray-brown above; fine dark gray horizontal barring below; white throat; yellow eyes; and large ear tufts set wide apart.

Behavior: Chiefly nocturnal, and can take prey as large as skunks and grouse.

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Habitat: Highly adaptable. Occurs in a variety of habitats from dense forests to urban areas to farm woodlands. Can also be found in non-wooded areas such as rocky canyons and gullies.

Where in Nebraska: Uncommon permanent resident across the state. Most common along heavily wooded river valleys and the Pine Ridge area. Also a regular breeder and migrant.

Fun Facts: Great Horned Owls are the largest owls in Nebraska and the their favorite pray are skunks.


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