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Sternum (Breast Bone) of the Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus (MCZ 342174)

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Phylogenic Position
Aves - Neognathae - Strigiformes - Strigidae - Bubo - Bubo virginianus
Species Description
The Great Horned Owl is one of the most common owls in North America, and one of the most distinctive. Known sometimes as the “Cat Owl” because of the feathery tufts on its head, the Great Horned Owl is also found throughout central South America. They live in a wide variety of habitats (including urban environments), but prefer dense woodlands near forest clearings, which allow them plenty of perches from which to hunt. The Great Horned Owl preys mostly on small mammals and birds; they will frequently attack animals larger than them, and are one of the only owls that will prey upon other owls. They hunt by either scanning from a perch and diving down, or by gliding low over the ground; they will also chase prey on the ground and wade into shallow water after fish. The Great Horned Owl is also the only animal that regularly eats skunks.

Specimen Information
Species Bubo virginianus (Great Horned Owl)
Element Sternum (Breast Bone)
Specimen Number MCZ 342174
Geological Age Recent
Technical Information
Scanner Konica Minolta Range7
Resolution 40 µm
Number of Data Points 613984
Number of Data Polygons 1227831
Date Scanned May 29, 2009
Scan Technician Rachael Martinez
Edited By Rachael Martinez

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Other Bubo virginianus (Great Horned Owl) Elements
Specimen Element
MCZ 347017 Sternum (Breast Bone)
MCZ 347017 Mandible (Jawbone )
MCZ 347017 Left Humerus (Left Upper Arm Bone)
MCZ 347017 Right Tarsometatarsus (Right Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)
MCZ 347017 Left Tarsometatarsus (Left Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)
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