Great Grey Owl

Great Grey Owl


Strix nebulosa

Native to Northern North America, Northern Europe and Northern Asia, the Great Grey Owl is one of the largest owl species living in the northern Hemisphere and one of the tallest species of owl in the world.

It has a large facial disc, which is the largest of any bird of prey.  This facial disc is concave and channels sounds to the owls ears so they can locate their prey.  They have very good hearing and can even locate their prey under snow.

In the wild, the Great Grey Owl would live in a variety of forested habitats, including boreal forests and coniferous forests.

Breeding will depend on the quantity of food available and will also determine the amount of eggs laid.  Once laid, 1-9 eggs will be incubated by the female for 28-35 days and the male will feed her.  The young will leave the nest at 25-30 days old.

The Great Grey Owl is a carnivore and the majority of their diet consists of small rodents but they will also eat birds, rabbits and squirrels.

Lifespan – 30 years

IUCN Conservation Status – Least Concern


Posted on

October 30, 2018