Great Horned Owl

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California Valley, 
June 2005 

This is a very good example of a juvenile Great Horned Owl with undeveloped ear tufts or "horns". We get a lot of questions after nesting about these young owls because at a young age the Great Horned do not show their "horns" and many people think they are another owl or don't know what they are. One of the key identifiers of this species in the field is the thin closely spaced chest bars.

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