Welcome to the USC Mann Owl Cam. Here, you can watch a family of great horned owls—Owlscar, Owlivia, Poppy, Sage and Clove—that resides on the fifth floor of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Center at the Health Sciences Campus of the University of Southern California. In May, the USC Mann community welcomed the family, including three owlets.
With its long, earlike tufts, intimidating yellow-eyed stare, and deep hooting voice, the great horned owl is the quintessential owl of storybooks. They are known as “the tiger of the sky.” This powerful predator can take down birds and mammals even larger than itself, but it also dines on daintier fare, such as tiny scorpions, mice, and frogs. Learn more about the owls at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
According to the Owl Research Institute, great horned owls stay in or near the nest for about six weeks and begin taking their flights when seven to eight weeks old. As of Monday, June 26, 2023, the family of owls no longer resides at the Pharmaceutical Sciences Center. As a result, the USC Mann Owl Cam is now closed.