The great horned owl is a common owl species found throughout most of North America and parts of South America. The creature makes its home in forests, farmlands, swamps and even in towns and cities, seeking out tree cavities, caves or abandoned nests in which to hide.
The great horned owl is between 18 and 25 inches long, and has a wingspan between 3.3 and 4.8 feet. The bird weighs between two and 5.5 pounds and can survive in the wild for up to 15 years.
The bird is a carnivore, meaning that it eats only meat. Creatures on the bird's menu include mice, rabbits, bats, skunks and grouse. The great horned owl sometimes even includes hawks and other owls in its diet. If the bird catches more food than it can eat in one sitting, it stores the remains in a safe place for later consumption. The bird consumes entire animals, including bones, fur and feathers, but these items are later formed into a pellet, which the bird afterwards expels from its mouth.
Great horned owls are specially adapted to night life and hunting, possessing a keen sense of both sight and hearing. They also have soft feathers that allow them to quietly approach unsuspecting prey.