Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Our facility no longer performs rehabilitation, but when we used to, both our Great Horned Owls arrived.

Our female Great Horned Owl came to Reflection Riding in the winter of 1998 after being hit by a car and injuring her eye. The eye was later removed and she was unable to return to the wild.

Our male Great Horned Owl, with two of his siblings, arrived at Reflection Riding in spring of 1995 as an owlet after being displaced from his nest. One sibling died, and one was rehabilitated and released.  This owl became habituated and has been with us ever since.

Fun Facts:

  • Great Horned Owls apply up to 400 pounds of pressure per talon. They have four talons per foot.
  • The fringed leading edge of the primary feathers cuts through the air for silent flight; they are known as the “Silent Hunters.”
  • Skunks are a favorite snack of Great Horned Owls.

What to look for:

  • The female Great Horned Owl lays infertile Holiday eggs every Christmas season.
  • She is a very large owl and loves to take showers under the hose and baths in her pond.
  • The male owl is THE star of Reflection Riding, where you can see him on the pond perch and in the classroom.

Download more interesting information about Great Horned Owls!

Animal Diversity: Great Horned Owl
Cornell Lab of Ornithology