Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

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(Bubo virginianus). Patient Number 23-1265.

Date of admission: Aug 1, 2023.
Reason for admission: Physical Injury.

Patient History:

In 1977, the children of Alberta were asked to vote for a provincial bird. The children selected the great horned owl to be Alberta’s provincial bird, a title the species retains to this day. Great horned owls are one of Alberta’s most recognizable birds, easily identified by their 'horns'. Great horned owls are commonly found across the province, but wooded areas and river valleys are their preferred habitats. They are permanent residents of Alberta; these owls have adapted well to the cold temperatures of the winter months.

Like most owls, great horned owls are most active at night. Their excellent eyesight and hearing make them formidable predators during the evening and overnight hours. These owls prey on several species of birds and rodents, but will also prey on hares. Great horned owls pair for life, with both owls caring for the young (owlets). Two or three eggs are laid each year at the end of February, or in early March.

This Great Horned Owl was rescued from a farm near Gleichen, AB after being found entangled in barbed wire. She had multiple small lacerations and soft tissue injuries on her right wing, which have since been cleaned and treated. Our medical team will continue to monitor and provide wound care, until they have healed, and are able to regain flight.

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