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Nature In The Natural State: The Great Horned Owl

Nothing is more beautiful to hear on a cold winter's night than the call of a great horned owl.

They are native throughout Arkansas and live in diverse habitats from forests to cities. Specially formed feathers enable most owls to fly silently the better to seize their unwitting prey. Owls' flat faces remind us of our own with forward facing eyes, but unlike us, owls can rotate their heads around 270 degrees.

Owls nest in trees both living and dead, which is a reason to not cut down a dead tree, but to let it stand. Check out Raptor Rehab of Central Arkansas on Facebook to learn about injured owls who are healed and released.