Great Horned Owlet

Great Horned Owlet

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(Bubo virginianus). Patient Number 24-124

Date of admission: April 30, 2024.
Reason for admission: Fell from Nest.

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' (actually just tufts of feathers). 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 and are well-adapted 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 owlet was brought into care after being found beneath his nest tree. There was no way to safely return the fledgling to his nest, and the parents were no longer caring for him, so the decision was made to bring this owlet into care. This great horned owlet is healthy, despite being young, and unable to care for itself just yet. He will remain in care until he is older, flighted, and ready to go out on his own. Thank you for helping support his stay with us at AIWC!