Learn About Buddy

  • Classification: Bird
  • Species: Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 30yrs
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 15yrs
  • Wingspan: 3-4ft
  • Weight: 1-2lbs
  • Range in the Wild: North America
  • Habitat in the Wild: Forest, desert, open country, very adaptable to different environments
    • Diet in the Wild: raccoons, rodents, rabbits, squirrels, skunks, songbirds, falcons, other owls
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: rodents, poultry, donated meats, venison
    • Gender: Female
    • Lives In: Birds of Prey Center

Buddy was presumed to be male for many years due to her small size until she laid her first egg. Now, she lays eggs in late winter or early spring, which we allow her to sit on for a week or so before we replace them with golf balls. When not guarding her nest she loves to go out with her handlers and meet people. If you visit in the late afternoon you can often hear her making the classic whoo-hooing call that owls are know for.