Education Birds: Bubo
Bubo is a Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus). She came to us as an orphaned
chick in the spring of 1999. We tried to hack her out twice, and were
unsuccessful both times; Bubo refused to venture far from the hack box or eat on her own. Even though she's
an adult, Bubo still exhibits immature behavior. Her weight varies
from about three and a half to four pounds.
Bubo is an
active participant in our educational programming. She often surprises
audiences (and volunteers!) by egesting pellets during programs. "Pellets"
consist of the bones, fur, and other indigestible matter from a recent
meal. Though its sticky and unpleasant when it first comes out of
her mouth, pellets provide an excellent illustration of the digestion