• East view from Crissy Field overlook with old Coast Guard station on left and city on right

    Presidio of San Francisco


Great Horned Owl

(Bubo virginianus)
Great Horned Owl
A Great Horned Owl chick looks down from a eucalyptus tree in the Main Post area.
© Alan Hopkins 2002

Natural History: The Great Horned Owl is a nocturnal hunter that preys on a variety of things ranging from birds and small mammals to lower vertebrates and insects. This owl nests in trees in cavities and abandon nests and occassionally on the ground. Its breeding season runs from February through July.

General Distribution: This species is found throughout the Presidio, particularly in forested areas, and uses the Presidio for breeding.

Frequency: The Great Horned Owl is common in the Presidio year-round.

Identifying Characteristics: This large owl is characterized by ear tufts and a white throat.

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Bee collecting pollen

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