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

A sub-species of the North American Great Horned Owl but has amber eyes instead of yellow eyes.

It has little to fear from other predators but may be killed in confrontations with eagles.

Fun Fact

It’s ‘horns’ are simply feathers (not ears or horns) that are used to display mood – if they are upright the owl is calm and observing surrounding, if they lie flat to the head the bird of prey is about ready to take flight or attack their prey.

Keeper Notes

Our pair are both re-homed pets, we know very little about their history.

We took them into our care when the park opened in 1997.