Order Strigiformes
Family Strigidae
Class Aves
Scientific Name Bubo virginianus pallescens

Desert Great Horned Owl Description

  • The bird is a resident all year round.
  • The owl has dark plumage.

Size & Weight

(Males)

  • WEIGHT: 724 to 1,257 g (1.596 to 2.771 lb)
  • TAIL LENGTH: (male and female) 190 to 235 mm (7.5 to 9.3 in)
  • WING CHORD: 318–367 mm (12.5–14.4 in)
  • BILL LENGTH: (male and female) 33 to 43 mm (1.3 to 1.7 in)

(Females)

  • WEIGHT: 801 to 1,550 g (1.766 to 3.417 lb)
  • WING CHORD: 332–381 mm (13.1–15.0 in)

Range

Southern Utah, western Kansas, western Veracruz, San Diego County, Rocky Mountains