Description of the Great Gray Owl
The Great Gray Owl is a large, brownish-gray owl with a black and white “bow tie” pattern on its neck and large, black-barred facial disks around its yellow eyes.
Seasonal change in appearance
Similar to adults but with darker facial disks.
Forages by watching and listening from a perch, then swooping down to capture prey.
Resident across much of Canada and the northwestern U.S.
Bent Life History
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Great Gray Owls can hear small mammals moving beneath the snow, and capture them by plunging in feet first.
Great Gray Owls usually roost near tree trunks, which helps camouflage their shape.
A series of deep “whoos” is given.