Great Horned Owl


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.

Click HERE for a Great Horned OWl Activity Sheet!

Our Current Residents

Gable, estimated hatch year - 2006

Gable has been at ZooMontana for over a decade. He came to ZooMontana after a car strike amputated one of his wings.

When not on exhibit, Gable is often greeting folks of all ages at one of the many education programs he attends.


  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Strigiformes
  • Family: Strigidae
  • Genus: Bubo
  • Species: Bubo virginianus

Animal Facts

  • Carnivore
  • Common
  • Forest
  • Nocturnal

Our Animals