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Great Horned Owl

This owl is the largest of American "eared" owls only exceeded in size by the rare Great Gray Owl. Great Horned Owls are found in a variety of habitats including forests, swamps, city parks and streamside. This wide-ranging predator is found from arctic North America to the Straits of Magellan except in the West Indies. Grouse, rabbits, beetles, lizards and frogs are all potential prey for this magnificent bird. Great horned owls can be over two feet tall and have prominent "horns" that look a bit like ears, accounting for another popular name, the cat owl.

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Great Horned Owl by George H. Harrison
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