Adopt a Great Horned Owl

The great horned owl has the largest range of all the North American owls and can be found in every state except Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Despite this, it can be a challenge to spot great horned owls in the wild because of their nocturnal behavior and dark camouflaging feathers. Great horned owls have brown and/or gray feathers with darker markings that easily blend with tree branches and dirt. They have a short black beak, a white throat, big yellow eyes and a prominent black line that outlines their face. Great horned owls received their name from the feather tufts on their heads that look like pointed horns. These feathers are actually used for camouflage and in body language displays. Other species of owls have tufts of feathers over the eyes, but only the great horned owl has them on the sides of the head. Help NWF in its efforts to protect and recover the wild places that sustain wildlife. Adopt a great horned owl today!

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