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Great Horned Owl

The great horned owl has one of the largest distributions of any native bird in the Western Hemisphere, found from Alaska all the way south to Argentina. You can hear them at night, with a deep, hooting that sounds something like, “Who’s awake? Me, too!” Great horned owls eat a variety of midsized mammals; for some odd reason, they really enjoy skunk. The owl’s ear tufts, like those on other owls, are simply showy plumes unrelated to hearing. They begin their nesting cycle during the colder months; find their nests in abandoned hawk, heron, raven or crow nests.

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