The Great Horned Owl is one of the most common owls in North America, and is found from the Arctic south to the tropical rain forests of South America. It is a distinctive 'eared' species of owl that commonly breeds in British Columbia. Most breeding records are from southern BC, however there are many confirmed records in northern BC. See the Breeding Bird Atlas of British Columbia map
for breeding records.
The Great Horned Owl may be confused with the Long-eared Owl. However, the Long-eared Owl is a smaller owl, and a much less common breeder in British Columbia, with only a handful of confirmed breeding records throughout the province (Breeding Bird Atlas of British Columbia 2013). The facial disk on the Great Horned Owl is usually 'tawny brown', while the facial disk on the Long-eared Owl is usually 'bright, rusty orange' (All About Birds 2013).
Great Horned Owls feed on a variety of prey, including skunks.
Listen to Great Horned Owl calls