Nature Journal
with Photos

          
Great Horned Owl Identification Tips
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
 
General Information
- Sexes similar
- Very large owl with prominent ear tufts
- Yellow eyes and dark bill
- Upperparts mottled brown, gray, and black
- Pale underparts with fine brown bars
- Reddish-brown facial disks bordered by black with a
  lower border of white
- White throat patch
- Pale gray form inhabits northern Canada

Similar species

Only the Long-eared Owl shares the red facial disks and prominent ear tufts, but is much smaller and slenderer, is barred and streaked on the belly, lacks the white throat, and has its ear tufts set closer together.
 
 
Return to Great Horned Owl page