Wildlife spotlight: Great Gray Owl

Wildlife spotlight: Great Gray Owl

This week we feature the Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa).

While it appears to be taller and larger than its cousin, the Great Horned Owl, this is due to their fluffy plumage. These owls, like most others, have fixed eyes that do not move, and instead rely on their extremely flexible neck and head to be able to look around.  

Their great sense of hearing allows Great Gray Owls to locate prey from above, perched on low hanging branches and ledges. Their diet usually consists of voles, weasels, robins, grouse, and frogs. As for predators, baby Great Grays are actually preyed on by Great Horned Owls!

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