great horned owl

a large, brown-speckled owl, Bubo virginianus, common in the Western Hemisphere, having prominent ear tufts. See illus. under owl.
[1670-80]

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Horned owl species (Bubo virginianus) that ranges from Arctic tree limits south to the Strait of Magellan.

A powerful, mottled-brown predator, it is often more than 2 ft (60 cm) long, with a wingspan often approaching 80 in. (200 cm). It usually eats small rodents and birds, but has been known to carry off larger prey. Adapted to desert and forest, the species migrates only when food is scarce.

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  • great horned owl — n. a large, pale gray and brownish American owl (Bubo virginianus) with two prominent tufts of black feathers on its head …   English World dictionary

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