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Red-tailed Hawk v Great Horned Owl
Red-tailed Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis
The Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is a bird of prey, one of three species colloquially known in the United States as the "chickenhawk," though it rarely preys on standard sized chickens. It breeds throughout most of North America, from western Alaska and northern Canada to as far south as Panama and the West Indies, and is one of the most common buteos in North America. Red-tailed Hawks can acclimate to all the biomes within its range. There are fourteen recognized subspecies, which vary in appearance and range. It is one of the largest members of the genus Buteo in North America. A male Red-Tailed Hawk may weigh from 690 to 1300 g (1.5 to 2.9 lb) and measure 45–56 cm (18 to 22 in), while a female can weigh between 900 and 2000 g (2 and 4.4 lb) and measure 48 to 65 cm (19 to 26 in) long; wingspan is about 114 to 133 cm (45 to 52 in). As is the case with many raptors the Red-tailed Hawk displays sexual dimorphism in size, as females are up to 25% larger than males. The Red-tailed Hawk is carnivorous, and an opportunistic feeder. Its diet is mainly small mammals, but it also includes birds and reptiles. Prey varies with regional and seasonal availability, but usually centers on rodents, comprising up to 85% of a hawk's diet. Most commonly reported prey types include mice, voles, chipmunks, ground squirrels, tree squirrels and woodchucks.

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Great Horned Owl - Bubo virginianus
The great horned owl (Bubo virginianus), also known as the tiger owl (originally derived from early naturalists' description as the "winged tiger" or "tiger of the air") or the hoot owl, is a large owl native to the Americas. It is an extremely adaptable bird with a vast range and is the most widely distributed true owl in the Americas. Its primary diet is rabbits and hares, rats and mice, and voles, although it freely hunts any animal it can overtake, including rodents and other small mammals, larger mid-sized mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. In ornithological study, the great horned owl is often compared to the Eurasian eagle-owl (Bubo bubo), a closely related species, which despite the latter's notably larger size, occupies the same ecological niche in Eurasia, and the red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis), with which it often shares similar habitat, prey, and nesting habits by day, thus is something of a diurnal ecological equivalent. The great horned owl is one of the earliest nesting birds in North America, often laying eggs weeks or even months before other raptorial birds. Adult great horned owls range in length from 43 to 64 cm (17 to 25 in), with an average of 55 cm (22 in), and possess a wingspan of 91 to 153 cm (3 ft 0 in to 5 ft 0 in), with an average of 122 cm (48 in). Females are somewhat larger than males. Mean body weight is 1,608 g (3.545 lb) for females and 1,224 g (2.698 lb) for males. Depending on subspecies, maximum weight can reach 2,503 g (5.518 lb).

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(02-13-2019, 10:29 PM)Old Tibetan Blue Bear Wrote: Red tailed hawk vs great horned owl
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In general hawks>owls, but the owl does seem to get bigger at max weights. I’m assuming these two naturally interact, any accounts of that?
I have posted an account on old carnivora where a red tailed hawk mobbed a great horned owl. The great horned owl preys on all hawks in her area at night but hid when she was mobbed and attacked by the red tailed. The great horned owl has the strongest grip in her area pound to pound but lacks manuverability.

Not the same account but:

Quote:But this time she was facing off against the male great horned owl. As a birder with many years’ experience, I had never seen a red-tailed hawk even think of taking down a great horned owl. In fact, it is great horned owls that have been known to kill red-tailed hawks by silently swooping down on them from above.

But here it was daylight and the female red-tailed hawk’s time to hunt (red-tailed hawks usually hunt alone and pursue small game such as birds, rabbits, or squirrels). She is larger than the owl, and he immediately went into a defense posture—shouldering his wings, dilating his pupils, and bobbing his head. The red-tailed looked undisturbed by his display. The male owl began hooting and again displaying. It was a formidable standoff.

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Red tailed hawk vs barred owl


Very interesting footage. Determined & aggressive nest defense by a Red tailed
hawk onto a Great Horned Owl.
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Many hawks and even kestrels and falcons will defend their nest aggreeively from evem stronger predators.
Hawk is better predator like eagle and falcon.

But owls are interesting animals.
Can win a fight at night.

Also has massive skull to it's body size.
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The owl is a powerful predator in its own right but its not as agile as a hawk in the air.

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