Great Horned Owl Negative Footprint


The Great Horned Owl is native to most of North and South America. This large owl feeds on invertebrates, rodents, small birds, and rabbits. The Great Horned Owl, was named for the horn-like feather tufts on its head.


Great Horned Owl Negative Footprint measures 4.33 x 2.95 inches. Great Horned Owl Negative Footprint is museum quality polyurethane resin. Made in USA. Species name is B. virginianus. These footprints are great to take birdwatching with students and friends.

Owls are zygodactyl, which means their feet have two forward-facing toes and two backward-facing toes. Unlike most other zygodactyl birds, however, owls can pivot one of their back toes forward to help them grip and walk. Their feet have long, curved talons that secure the attack. Their feet let the owls capture mammals as large as hares and raccoons.

Great Horned Owl talons can squeeze anywhere from 200 to over 500 psi (pounds per square inch) with their feet, which is similar to the strength of a bald eagle.

The Great horned owl or Bubo virginianus, is also known as the Tiger owl or Winged Tiger Hoot Owl. It is a large owl native to the Americas. It 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.

The Great horned owl is the heaviest extant owl in Central and South America and is the second-heaviest owl in North America. It is heavily built, with a barrel-shaped body, a large head, and broad wings.

Its size can vary considerably across its range, with populations in interior Alaska and Ontario being largest and populations in California and Texas being smallest, though those from the Yucatán Peninsula and Baja California appear to be even smaller.

The Great horned or B. virginianus owl’s song is normally a low-pitched but loud ho-ho-hoo hoo hoo (or also transcribed as bu-bubu booh, who-hoo-ho-oo or who-ho-o-o, whoo-hoo-o-o, whoo) and can last for four or five syllables. The call is resonant and has warranted descriptions as varied as “solemn” and “terrifying”.

The female’s call is higher and rises in pitch at the end of the call. Female vocalizations are higher in pitch because of a smaller syrinx in the larger sex. Calling seems to peak after rather than before midnight.

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 4.33 × 2.95 in
Great Horned Owl Facts

Conservation status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification:
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Bubo
Species: B. virginianus
Binomial name: Bubo virginianus