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The Great Horned Owl is the most widespread species of owl in the Americas. It is also one of the largest owls in the world. Because of this size, it has a varied diet. Great Horned Owls eat hares, rabbits, raccons, rats, squirrels, mice, moles, voles, mamots, shrews, bats, armadillos, weasels, gerbils, porcupines, skunks, kinglets, Great Blue Herons, coots, ducks, other birds of prey, chickens, reptiles, amphibians, fish, crustaceans, insects, and even each other. Great Horned Owls can kill such big prey because they have a crushing power of 500 pounds per square inch in their talons. For tracking, they have a neck that can turn a full 270 degrees. For stalking, the Great Horned Owl has soft feathers under its wings for silent flight. By the time the owl's prey senses something's behind it, it's too late.

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