- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Aves
- Order: Strigiformes
- Family: Strigidae
- Genus: Bubo
- Species: Bubo virginianus
- These owls are covered in extremely soft feathers that insulate them against the cold winter weather and help them fly very
quietly in pursuit of prey. Their short, wide wings allow them to
maneuver among the trees of the forest.
- They have sensitive hearing, thanks in part to facial disc feathers that direct sound waves to their ears.
- Great Horned Owls have large eyes, pupils that open widely in the dark, and retinas containing many rod cells for excellent night vision. Their eyes don’t move in their sockets, but they can swivel their heads more than 180 degrees to look in any direction.