Great Gray Owl

Scientific name: Strix nebulosa

Boreal forests and high western mountains are home to the Great Gray Owl. Though it appears larger than a Great Horned Owl, the Great Gray Owl is actually smaller in body size, but has thicker plumage for insulation against the bitter cold it faces during much of the year.

Most Great Gray Owls do not breed until three years of age. While shootings and car collisions are significant sources of mortality for Great Gray Owls, those that avoid such threats can live 13 years or more in the wild.