Great Horned Owl

You’ll find this owl right here in Texas, as well as other parts of the Americas – it lives in forests and prairie and eats a diet of reptiles, amphibians, birds, and small mammals.


  • Scientific Name: Bubo virginianus
  • Range: North, Central and South America
  • Status in the Wild: Least Concern
  • Location in the Zoo: McGovern Children’s Zoo, also often featured in Meet the Keeper Talks in Natural Encounters, where a keeper will bring one out as a handling animal for you to see up close.
  • Cool Animal Fact: Large tufts of feathers on its head give the owl its name; they are neither ears nor horns. The owl’s eyes are fixed in position, but it can rotate its head up to 270 degrees to look around.