The great horned owl is named after its feather tufts above its ears that look like horns. The female is much larger than the male and has a higher pitched call. They get their nickname, “the tiger of the sky”, from their hunting skills and assortment of prey. They prey on a wide variety of animals- from tiny rodents to mammals and birds larger than the owls themselves. The soft, loose feathers of a horned owl allow it to fly very quietly without scaring away their prey.  Paler plumage is found on those that inhabit desert areas or snowy areas.

Find me at EPZ

Location: Outside of the entrance to the sheep and goat barn.

Arrived at EPZ: Barbie - 04/19/2015; Stella - 08/03/2011 This animal is not on exhibit. It is part of our educational collection and may only be seen in programs inside or outside of the zoo.