Skunks for dinner

What animal is one of the only animals to regularly eat skunks?

The Great Horned Owl, or Bubo virginianus!

Read below to learn more about Great Horned Owls:

Photo by: K. Bradley

Call: Hoo-h-HOO-hoo-hoo

Size: Great horned owls are 22” long, have a 44” wingspan and weigh about 3.1 lbs

Habitat: Open forests, deserts, suburban and urban areas, and agricultural areas

Diet: Small mammals, rabbits, geese, herons, birds, other owls and raptors, amphibians, reptiles and some invertebrates.

Fun Facts:

  • Great Horned Owls are nocturnal
  • Owls have binocular vision, and asymmetrical ear placement (one ear positioned higher than the other), allowing them to accurately pinpoint their prey, even in low light or darkness.
  • Due to soft fringed feather edges and wing shape, Great Horned Owls can fly nearly silently, allowing them to sneak up on their prey.
  • A common myth says that owls can turn their heads 360 degrees, but in reality they can only turn them 270 degrees (3/4 of a full circle).
  • Owls can rotate their heads 270 degrees because they have 14 cervical (neck) vertebrae, while humans and other mammals have only 7 vertebrae in their necks!
  • Great Horned Owls have 200-300 pounds of pressure per square inch (psi) in their talons…about three times greater psi than human jaws!
GHO Range
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Great_Horned_Owl/id

 

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