Great Gray Owl




Great Gray Owl


Great Gray Owl
(Strix nebulosa)

Order:  Strigiformes
Family:  Strigidae








Great Gray Owl Information

Length:  24 - 33"

Habitat:  Dense coniferous forests with nearby open areas such as bogs, forest clearings, or open fields. Seeks breeding habitat containing the abandoned nest of a large bird such as a hawk or raven.

Diet:  Primarily small rodents such as voles and mice. Also rats, shrews, squirrels, weasels, and some birds.

  Songs and calls of the Great Gray Owl

Additional Information

Owling.com
Range map, description, young, habitat, food and feeding, breeding, movements and life span of this raptor.


Great Gray Owl in Flight

Great Gray Owl in Flight

© Arne List [CC BY-SA 2.0], via WC

Great Gray Owl
Identification Tips

  • Wingspan: 60 inches
  • Very large, nocturnal, predatory bird
  • Large, rounded head
  • Yellow eyes
  • Gray facial disks with darker rings
  • Gray upperparts with paler barring
  • Pale underparts with large, dark irregular streaks
  • Sexes similar
Similar species
The Great Gray Owl is larger and grayer than other owls and lacks ear tufts.

(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)


Range Map from eBird

Year-round sightings of the Great Gray Owl over last 10 years