Great Grey Owl

Latin Name Strix nebulosa
Class Aves
Order Strigiformes
Family Strigidae
IUCN status Least concern
Habitat Boreal and coniferous forests
Distribution Scandinavia across to Siberia, Alaska, Canada and NW America

General Information

A large owl most active at night but during the breeding season it may be seen hunting in daylight hours.

The Great Grey Owl has a the largest facial disc of any owl and this tends to make its eyes look small. This extra large facial disc directs sound to the feather covered ear-openings giving the owl super-sensitive hearing to locate prey. Like all owls it has soft feathers on the front edge of it’s wings so allowing silent flight necessary in hunting.

Fun Fact

It’s name is derived from the Latin “nebulous” meaning foggy or misty.

Keeper Notes

We have a pair of Great Grey Owls, who joined us from the Chestnut Centre (our sister park) in 2017. They called malamute, the male, and Willow, the female, and they delight visitors as they watch over the smaller Go Wild and Education area.