• Welcome to BirdForum, the internet's largest birding community with thousands of members from all over the world. The forums are dedicated to wild birds, birding, binoculars and equipment and all that goes with it.

    Please register for an account to take part in the discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.
ZEISS DTI thermal imaging cameras. For more discoveries at night, and during the day.

Great Grey Owl - BirdForum Opus

(Redirected from Strix nebulosa)
Subspecies lapponica
Photo by Rob
Skummesslövstrand, Sweden, June 2000
Strix nebulosa

Identification

  • L. 24-33" (61-84 cm)
  • W. 5' (1.5 m)
  • Huge
  • Dusky gray
  • Yellow eyes
  • Large facial disks
  • Distinctive black chin spot bordered by white patches (resembles a bow tie)
  • One of the most elusive of birds, the Great Gray was discovered in America by Europeans before they realized that the species also occurs in Europe.

Similar Species

Subspecies nebulosa
Photo by s_linste
Ile-Bizard, Quebec, Canada, February 2005

Barred Owl and Spotted Owl are smaller, stockier, and browner, with dark eyes.

Distribution

North America: Resident from Alaska and across interior Canada south to northern California, northern Wyoming, Minnesota, and Quebec. In winter wanders rarely southward into northern New England and Great Lakes region.
Eurasia: Boreal forest zone from northern Scandinavia and the Baltic States to eastern Siberia.

Taxonomy

Two subspecies are recognized[2]:

  • S. n. nebulosa:
  • S. n. lapponica:
  • Boreal forests of northern Europe, northern Asia and Sakhalin

Habitat

Coniferous forests and muskeg.

Behaviour

Like other owls of the Far North, this species hunts during the day, often watching for prey from a low perch. Because it spends much of its time in dense conifers, it is often overlooked.

References

  1. König, C. and F. Weick 2008. Owls of the World, second edition. Christopher Helm, London. ISBN 978-0-7136-6548-2
  2. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

Recommended Citation

External Links

GSearch checked for 2020 platform.1

Back
Top