The Great Horned Owl Weathervane, Bubo virginianus, was our first owl weathervane design. It was commissioned by a couple in San Francisco in 1995. We have since made Horned Owl Weathervanes for customers all over the country. We even made one for a client in South Africa!
Because we construct each weathervane to order, it is the customer’s choice whether they are made entirely out of copper or copper and brass in combination. The most popular way they are ordered is with accents of optional gold leaf on the facial markings, neck band and legs. The parts that we gild will remain a light golden color as the rest of the weathervane patinas first a deep chocolate brown and eventually the distinctive turquoise green for which copper is known. We also purchase Owl taxidermy eyes to give a more lifelike and animated appearance.
In addition to the Great Horned Owl Weathervane, we also offer a Snowy Owl Weathervane and a Spotted Owl Weathervane. If you have a particular favorite type of owl we have not yet designed, we would be happy to create a weathervane for you showcasing that species.
The Great Horned Owl, also known as the Tiger Owl, is a large owl native to the Americas. It is an adaptable bird with a vast range and is the most widely distributed true owl in the Americas. Great Horned Owls range in length from 18-25 inches (46-68 cm) and have a wingspan of 40-60.5 in (101-153 cm); Females are larger than males, an average adult being 22 in (55 cm) long with a 49 in (124 cm) wingspan and weighing about 3.1 lbs (1400 g).