August 2017: Great Horned Owl

Scientific Name Bubo virginianus
Alternate Name Big Hoot Owl, Cat Owl, Chicken Owl, Eagle Owl, Hoot Owl, Horned Owl, King Owl, Tiger of the Air, Tiger Owl, Tiger with Wings, Winged Tiger
Collective Name Parliament, Stare
Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Animalia Chordata Aves Strigiformes Strigidae Bubo
North America, South America Forest, Savanna, Shrubland, Rocky Areas, Desert, Artificial/Terrestrial
45-64 cm. 18-25 in. 1-3 kg. 3-6 lb.
188-152 cm. 35-60 in. (Wingspan) 5-38 yr. 10.6 yr. (Generation)
Least Concern Solitary Cathemeral
Stable Monogamous Carnivore
Left Right
15 Subspecies
B. v. algistus St. Michael
B. v. deserti Bahia
B. v. elachistus Baja California, Dwarf
B. v. heterocnemis Labrador, Newfoundland, Northeastern, Snyder’s
B. v. lagophonus Northwestern
B. v. mayensis Yucatán
B. v. mesembrinus Central American, Oaxaca
B. v. nacurutu South American, Venezuelan
B. v. nigrescens Colombian, Ecuadorian, North Andean
B. v. pacificus California, Coastal
B. v. pallescens Desert, Southwestern, Virginia
B. v. pinorum Rocky Mountains
B. v. saturatus Coastal, Northwestern, St. Michael
B. v. subarcticus Arctic, Northern, Pale, Subarctic, Western, White
B. v. virginianus Common, Eastern

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 International Union for Conservation of Nature (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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