Great Horned Owl
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A great horned owl, photographed through cage wire, at The Florida Wild Bird Center, Key Largo. I didn't like the cage wire backdrop, so extracted the owl and made a composite.
Great horned owls occur all over the United States and most of Canada, and southward to Central and South America to the Straits of Magellan. They are one of the most widespread species of owls. They mostly reside year round in their territories, but ones from the far north move southward in fall or winter.
Great horned owls are big and bulky (3-4 pounds), standing 18-25" tall with a wingspan of 36-60" long. Males and females are similar in appearance, except the female is the larger of the two. The plumage of the great horned owl varies regionally, from pale to dark.
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