August 2017: Great Horned Owl

Common Name   Great Horned Owl
Scientific Name   Bubo virginianus
Alternate Names   Hoot Owl, Tiger of the Air, Tiger Owl, Winged Tiger
Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Animalia Chordata Aves Strigiformes Strigidae Bubo
  Least Concern   North America, South America   Diurnal, Nocturnal   Solitary   Carnivore


The great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) is a member of the Strigidae family, categorized within the Strigiformes order under the higher Aves class and is also known as the tiger owl or the hoot owl. Because the owl is incredibly common and has a wide range with North and South America, it is categorized as “least concern” by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is one of the largest owl species in the world and eats a wide variety of woodland animals.

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