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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AGFC) -- The bird of the week today is the Great Horned Owl.

With its long, earlike tufts, intimidating yellow-eyed stare, and deep hooting voice, the Great Horned Owl is the quintessential owl of storybooks.

This powerful predator can take down birds and mammals even larger than itself, but it also dines on daintier fare such as tiny scorpions, mice, and frogs. It's one of the most common owls in North America, equally at home in deserts, wetlands, forests, grasslands, backyards, cities, and almost any other semi-open habitat between the Arctic and the tropics.

Great Horned Owls are present in Arkansas throughout the year and are listed as fairly common. Their low-pitched "hoot" is easily recognizable, though can sound rather ominous and spooky late at night in our backyards or nearby wooded areas!