Folly hath eagle’s wings, but the eyes of an owl

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Folly hath eagle’s wings, but the eyes of an owl.

A Dutch proverb

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl: Have you seen this bird?

Great Horned Owl

The Great Horned Owl, Bubo virginianus, is a large owl native to the Americas.

It is quite an adaptable bird and is the most widely distributed true owl in the Americas.

Identification Tips:
• Length: 20 inches Wingspan: 55 inches
• Sexes similar
• Very large owl with prominent ear tufts
• Yellow eyes and dark bill
• Upperparts mottled brown, gray, and black
• Pale underparts with fine brown bars
• Reddish-brown facial disks bordered by black with a lower border of white
• White throat patch
• Pale gray form inhabits northern Canada

Similar species:
Only the Long-eared Owl shares the red facial disks and prominent ear tufts, but is much smaller and slenderer, is barred and streaked on the belly, lacks the white throat, and has its ear tufts set closer together.

The Great Horned Owl has a wide range and a vast range and is the most widely distributed true owl in the Americas.

Owls have spectacular binocular vision allowing them to pinpoint prey and see in low light. The eyes of Great Horned Owls are nearly as large as those of humans.

An owl’s hearing is as good – if not better – than its vision; they have better depth perception and better perception of sound elevation (up-down direction) than humans.

Folly hath eagle’s wings, but the eyes of an owl.

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  1. This has the first quote this week that I can says has really completely stumped at it’s meaning. Even now I’m looking at and can not percieve what it says.
    As for the great horned owl beautiful bird and what a fascinating predator. I remember growing up and going to my grandparents house who had a huge great horned owl that lived on his property and every night you could here him hooting. Occasionally we were lucky enough to see hime flying across the night sky.

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