Thursday, September 20, 2012
Also known as the Tiger Owl, is a large owl native to the Americas. There is considerable variation in plumage coloration but not in body shape. These are heavily built, barrel-shaped birds, and have large heads and broad wings. Adults have large ear tufts and are the only very large owl in their range to have them. The facial disc is reddish, brown or gray in color and there is a variable sized white patch on the throat.
Californian Great Horned Owl, Bubo virginianus pacificus - Central and southern California west of the Sierra Nevada except San Joaquin Valley, south to NW Baja California, Mexico.
Range: Africa south of the equator, and parts of the Arabian Peninsula. 2-4 eggs laid in scrape on the ground, normally sheltered by a bush, grass or rocks. Incubation 32 days. Young leave the nest by about 5 weeks and are fledged by 7 weeks, but remain with parents for at least another 5 weeks. Song is normally 1 or 2 “double hoots”, followed by a 3 syllable hoot and then 1 long drawn out hoot hoo-hoo buhuhu-hoooh.
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