Great Grey Owl
The Great Grey Owl is a strikingly beautiful bird with silvery grey feathers all over with fine white and dark barring. This owl stands tall and looks to be very large, yet they are deceiving as their intimidating size is mostly due to an extremely thick layer of feathers.
With the largest facial disc of any owl, this tends to make its bright yellow 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 its wings to allow the silent flight necessary in hunting.
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
12 years in the wild. 40 years in captivity
Habitat loss and collisions with cars.
Its name is derived from the Latin “nebulous” meaning foggy or misty and the Greek ‘strizo’, meaning to screech.
We have a pair of Great Grey Owls, who joined us from the Chestnut Centre (our sister park) in 2017. They are called malamute, the male, and Willow, the female. They delight visitors as they watch over the smaller Go Wild and Education area.
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