Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
The Great Horned Owl is New Jersey's most impressive owls. Standing 18 to 25 inches tall, with a wingspan of 48 to 60 inches, it is indeed a powerful and fearless bird of prey. Its distinguishing characteristics are long feather tufts, large bright yellow eyes, and a white "collar" around the throat. This owl is commonly called the "Hoot-Owl". Its deep-pitched, booming notes, "Whoo-whoo-whoo", repeated three to eight times, can be heard for miles on a still night. The Great Horned Owl is primarily a woodland species, but is occasionally found in parks and orchards. It is non-migratory and occurs throughout the state in good numbers year round.
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