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Great Gray Owl

Strix nebulosa ORDER: STRIGIFORMES FAMILY: STRIGIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A huge owl of the boreal forest and western mountains, the Great Gray Owl feeds on rather small rodent prey.

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Appearance

Owls
Owls
Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Very large gray owl.
  • Round head without ear tufts.
  • Black and white "bowtie" under face.
  • Eyes yellow.

Immature Description

Similar to adult.

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Similar Species

Similar Species

  • Barred Owl much smaller, has dark eyes, lacks black-and-white throat markings.

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