Great Horned Owl: Dr J. Murray Speirs

This is the most frequently noted Ontario owl, occurring at all seasons throughout much of the province wherever there are trees.

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

This is the largest of our owls which have ear tufts, much larger than a crow.

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

In southern Ontario they are usually a rich tawny colour but from James Bay westward in the north, they are often almost as white as Snowy Owls.

This is a very early nester, often beginning in February in the southern part of Ontario.

Great Horned Owl chick

A mob of heckling crows will often lead you to a Great Horned Owl. At night listen for their “hoo-hoohoo-hoo-hoo”.

Great Horned owl
Great Horned owl
Great Horned Owl

Dr J. Murray Speirs

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