Baby Great Horned Owl – A to Z Guide

The range of size for Owls is similar to those of hawks, with lengths of between 13 and 70 cm (5-28 inches) and wingspans of 0.3-2.0 meters (1-6.6 feet). The majority of owl species are on the lower part of the range of size.

When they are babies, they could be smaller than an Chicken hen, the size of a Bread and they can also increase to up to 25″ to length. The chicks start to branch at around 5 weeks old and begin flying around 9-10 weeks. If you spot a sluggish chick, it won’t show the typical “horns” from an adult (to be clear, they’re not horns, but pretty feathers that signal the mood of an owl, similar to cats’ ears)

Many people speak of Great Horned Owls baby as having the gray stuffing of a feather pillow, turned inside-out with a furrowed eyebrow like grandpa’s, eyes yellow with excessive mascara and pair of black ear-commas that cover their faces. If they’re feathered in a moderate amount, might be tempted to appear bold and scary by looking poofed up and completely “big-bad-bird” towards you as well (see the picture above) with their wings wide and screaming.

Parents and children are both involved in feeding young Owls. Both parents provide food for young. Young owl may begin to leave nest and climbing on branches nearby at around 5 weeks. It may fly between 9 and 10 weeks. It is fed and cared for by their parents for several months.

How can You Identify Baby Great Horned Owl

The newborn great horned owl shows gray-blue whitish down, with patterns in brown as they appear to the world for the first time. As the days progress the chick starts to show more brown-colored down, especially the cinnamon-buff. But, as the chick becomes an adult, the brown-colored down begins disappear, possibly in the late summer. When they reach the age of one, they don’t show any brown down and instead appear very mature. The one-year-old owl does not appear to have any ear tufts–a noticeable sign of the great horned owl’s temperament.

Aiming to Fly

Many chicks fall from the nest and die later after being eaten by predators. After 42 days old, young owls are ready to make their first flight attempt. However, they will be fully trained to fly by the age of 70-84 days. At present they are able to fly to the branches, while staying clear of predators. The time for fledging is likely to take place at the end of the season in the event that food sources are limited.

The baby owl lives in an older nests of large birds, like hawk, eagle and heron. They are usually 20 to 60 above the ground. Also, they can nest on cliffs or in caves, the stump of a tree that has been broken off, or on the ground. It has little or no nest material aside feathers, which can be present at times.