The great horned owl’s favorite part of its prey to eat is the brains.
Ordinarily, when there is good hunting, the great horned owl has a plentiful supply of food, and when there is game enough, it slaughters an abundance and eats only the brains.
In eating its prey, this owl usually begins at the head and eats backward. The birds are plucked, but small mammals such as mice and rats are swallowed whole, head first.
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• Sources | (Forbush, 1929)