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Great Gray Owl


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.



  • Defensive or warning hooting
  • Defensive or warning hooting of female
  • Male contact hoot
  • Female contact "whoop"
  • Female contact "g-wuk"
  • Distraction calls
  • Agitated call be a female after a distraction display
  • Fledgling begging call and adult exclamatory hoots
  • Food exchange at nest site
  • Fledgling begging call
  • Courtesy of Macaulay Library
    © Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Series of deep, evenly spaced "hoos."

Search the Macaulay Library online archive for more sounds and videos

Backyard Tips

Consider putting up a nest box to attract a breeding pair. Make sure you put it up well before breeding season. Attach a guard to keep predators from raiding eggs and young. Find out more about nest boxes on our Attract Birds pages. You'll find plans for building a nest box of the appropriate size on our All About Birdhouses site.

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