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The Great horned owl (Bubo virginianus), also known as the tiger owl or the hoot owl, is a large owl native to the Americas.
B. virginianus or Great Horned Owl is an extremely adaptable bird with a vast range and is the most widely distributed true owl in the Americas.
Its primary diet is rabbits and hares, rats and mice, and voles, although it freely hunts any animal it can overtake, including rodents and other small mammals, larger mid-sized mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates.
In ornithological study, the B. virginianus or Great Horned Owl is often compared to the Eurasian eagle-owl, a closely related species, which despite the latter’s notably larger size, occupies the same ecological niche in Eurasia, and the red-tailed hawk, with which it often shares similar habitat, prey, and nesting habits by day, thus is something of a diurnal ecological equivalent.
The great horned owl is one of the earliest nesting birds in North America, often laying eggs weeks or even months before other raptorial birds.
The B. virginianus or Great Horned Owl was formally described in 1788 by the German naturalist Johann Friedrich Gmelin in his revised and expanded edition of Carl Linnaeus’s Systema Naturae.
He placed it with the other owls in the genus Strix and coined the binomial name Strix virginia.
Gmelin based his description on that of English naturalist George Edwards who had described and illustrated the great horned owl in 1747 in the second volume of his A Natural History of Uncommon Birds.
Edwards had seen a live specimen from Virginia at the house of the Earl of Burlington in Chiswick.
Edwards also owned a preserved specimen, and another specimen formed part of the Leverian collection.
The B. virginianus or Great Horned Owl is now placed in the genus Bubo that was introduced in 1805 by André Duméril.