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


  • 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.


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.


Two subspecies are recognized[2]:

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


Coniferous forests and muskeg.


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.


  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/

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