Great Horned Owl

Lots of things make this owl so great. First, they have a wingspan of up to 4.8 ft. (1.5 m) and fierce hunting skills that allow them to prey on animals like rabbits, skunks, raccoons, squirrels and even other owls. They also eat rats, which is great for people because it stops the spread of diseases and destruction of vital food crops. Great Horned Owls also have a huge distribution – you can find them all the way from North America’s icy Arctic down through much of sunny South America. But even great horned owls can’t adapt to pollution and habitat destruction, so it’s wise to help them when you can! Build nest boxes for owls and protect wild places in your own backyard.