Definition of great horned owl in US English:

great horned owl


  • A large owl found throughout North and South America, with hornlike ear tufts.

    Bubo virginianus, family Strigidae

    • ‘Most great horned owls are brown and white which helps when hiding in trees and branches.’
    • ‘Female great horned owls lay one to six eggs, usually two, and incubate them for around a month.’
    • ‘Great horned owls are the largest owls in North America, with females obtaining a wingspan of five feet and weighing up to five pounds.’
    • ‘The great horned owl likes open areas the best or sometimes nesting areas close to the edge of the forest.’
    • ‘The great horned owl is probably best known for the large tufts of feathers on its head that look like horns.’
    • ‘When you get back from a walk in the woods or countryside at dusk, and hear the deep bass ‘WO-wo-wo-o-o-o’ of the dusky horned owl, you know that all is well and that the night shift has made its claim.’
    • ‘Nicknamed the tiger with wings, the great horned owl is a fearless and feared bird of prey.’
    • ‘And at 39 I can still clearly remember the first time I heard a tree speak or felt moved to look into a tree and was rewarded with a horned owl looking back at me.’
    • ‘He also discovered that some important protected species like the horned owl were hunted for black magic rituals and sorcery, such as the practice of certain tribes that use the owls to purify ‘amulets’ during their street performances.’
    • ‘An anthropologist recently pleaded that we should treat the threatened death of a primitive language with as much concern and sympathy as we show snail darters and horned owls and other near-extinct species of animal life.’