South American Great Horned Owl

Latin Name Bubo virginianus nacurutu
Class Aves
Order Strigiformes
Family Strigidae
IUCN status Least concern
Habitat Grasslands, deserts, wetlands,open and urban areas
Distribution Central and South America

General Information

It’s distinctive white “spectacles” on a dark brown face give this owl its name. Throughout it’s range it hunts small mammals, bats, frogs,reptiles and insects.

In April to June it lays 2 to 3 eggs in a tree cavity usually only one owlet survives staying with it’s parents for up to a year.

Fun Fact

Spectacled Owls are known to eat crabs by dropping them onto rocks to break into them and eat the meat!

Keeper Notes

Rupununi and Orinoco are a potential breeding pair. Their names are rivers in South America.
Although they are common in South America the UK hold a breeding studbook to ensure no birds are illegally imported.