The Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus), also known as the tiger owl or the hoot owl, is a large, extremely adaptable bird with a vast range and is the most widely distributed true owl in the Americas.
Its primary diet appears to be rabbits and hares, rats and mice and voles, although it freely hunts any animal it can overtake, primarily other rodents and small mammals, but also larger mid-sized mammals, various birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. The owl is generally colored for camouflage with underparts usually light with some brown horizontal barring; the upper parts and upper wings are generally a mottled brown usually bearing heavy, complex darker markings. All great horned owls have a facial disc.
Adult great horned owls range in length from 43 to 64 cm, (average 55 cm), and possess a wingspan of 91 to 153 cm (average 122 cm). 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, but depending on subspecies, maximum weight can reach 2,503 g.
REVERSE: Pictures a Great Horned Owl, wings and talons extended swooping down for prey. Inscribed along the top is “CANADA”, along the bottom “FINE SILVER 1 OZ. ARGENT PUR.”, and in the artwork the coin purity, “9999.”