IUCN red list status:
Least Concern

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Great Grey Owl

About the Great Grey Owl

Great grey owls are large owls that have a mostly grey plumage. They have two concentric circles of darker plumage surrounding their facial disk. This disc is very flat and helps direct sounds into their asymmetric ears, meaning that they have excellent hearing. They have very soft feathers, which enables almost silent flight making them exceptional hunters. 

These owls inhabit coniferous forest in the northern hemisphere. They hunt for prey during both the night and day due to their excellent hearing and vision. The diet of these owls consists mainly of small rodents, such as voles and pocket gophers. They can hear prey even when there is a heavy snow covering.

Did you know?

Great Grey Owls are known as the ‘Phantoms of the North’ in their native habitat.