Great Grey Owl | Welsh Mountain Zoo

Great Grey Owl

Strix nebulosa


  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

An elusive and impressive bird of prey, the Great Grey Owl can be found in North America and Europe. One of the largest Owls in the world, its distinctive circular face is pitted with thousands of fine feathers. Quiet and elusive, the Great Grey Owl hunts at night searching for small mammals.

Native Range →

Northern North America, Scandinavia and Northern Asia

Natural Habitat  →

Coniferous and boreal forests

Diet  →

Voles, squirrels, weasels, rabbits and rats

Life Expectancy  →

Up to 12 years in the wild. 30-40 years in zoos

Breeding  →

2-6 eggs from a 28-36 day incubation

Group Name  →

Unknown

Active Hours  →

Can hunt both during the day and night

Threats  →

Global warming, hunting, lack of prey

Fun fact

They have the largest facial disc of any raptor, helping to give them an amazing sense of hearing.

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