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Camouflaged in Fall Colors


Great Horned Owls are probably best known for their feathery “horns.” For the naturalists out there, this fluffy headgear actually has a technical term: plumicorns. Much like a scary Halloween mask, these plumicorns help the owl seem threatening and aggressive but have nothing to do with its hearing. Even without their tufts, Great Horned Owls would also make perfect trick-or-treaters, eating just about anything they can carry, up to three times their own body weight.

If you’re looking for a last-minute costume idea, consider this eerie and effective bird of prey… and don’t forget the plumicorns to go with your candy corns!

Photo by Dennis Lingohr