Great Horned Owl

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  • Class: Aves

  • Order: Strigiformes

  • Family: Strigidae

  • Genus: Bubo

  • Species: B. virginianus

ARTIST'S NOTES

This illustration of a Great Horned Owl was completed on June 27, 2017. The drawing is based on a photo I took of a Great Horned Owl perched in a tamarisk tree near a nest site during a raptor nesting survey in Riverside County, California.

INFORMATION ABOUT GREAT HORNED OWL

The Great Horned Owl is a widespread owl species found from Alaska to southern South America. Over most of its range, it is the nocturnal counterpart (from an environmental niche perspective) of the familiar Red-tailed Hawk. In fact, Great Horned Owls are also known to steal active Red-tailed Hawk nest sites. Their eyes are among the largest, proportionately, of all terrestrial vertebrates. The ear tufts are not actual ears, as the ears are located on the side of the head within the facial discs.

  • Habitat: The Great Horned Owl is an adaptable species found in a wide range of habitats including deciduous and coniferous forests, tropical forests, swamps, desert, tundra, as well as urban and suburban parks and gardens.
  • Food: Great Horned Owls are powerful predators that hunt and consume a wide variety of prey. They most commonly eat mammals and birds, but will also readily take reptiles and amphibians. Prey can range in size from small mice to large raptors and waterfowl.
  • Nesting: The nest site, size, and appearance can vary substantially with the environment in which an owl lives. While they most commonly nest in larger trees, they will also nest on building ledges, utility towers, and cliffs. They will also reuse nests of other large raptors, especially those of the Red-tailed Hawk.
  • Conservation Status: NatureServe Global Status - G5 (Secure), IUCN Red List - LC (Least Concern)
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ORIGINAL IMAGE SIZE

9 inches X 12 inches

MATERIALS

  • Pen and ink on paper (Staedtler pigment liner on Strathmore medium drawing paper)
  • Colored in Corel Painter Essentials 5.

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