The Great Horned Owl is the most common owl in the Americas, and is recognizable by feather tufts on its head.

They are strictly nocturnal, making them difficult to spot. But at nights, they can often be heard vocalizing with their well-known series of “Hoo H’hoos!”

An adult Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) in the Botanical Gardens, Georgetown. (Photograph by Kester Clarke /

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