Great Horned Owl
Bubo virginianus

Photos by Peter LaTourrette.  North American Birds Photo Gallery
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play song (counter-singing by two owls)

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Field Marks
  • Very large owl with prominent tufts
  • Yellow eyes and dark bill
  • Upper parts mottled brown, gray, and black
  • Pale under parts with fine brown bars
  • Reddish-brown facial disks bordered by black with a lower border of white
  • White throat patch


Within its range the great horned owl can be found in dense woodlands of hardwoods and conifers, along cliffs and rocky canyons, and in forest openings. In general, the great horned owl is solitary and inhabits unsettled places.


Great Horned Owls are not all that common in the Atlanta area, but they have been spotted in Fernbank Forest.