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great grey owl
(Strix nebulosa)


Great grey owls are found from northern areas of Europe and Asia to Alaska, across Canada and down to the Rocky Mountains of America.


The great grey owl inhabits a range of coniferous forests throughout its distribution.

biological characteristics

This owl nests primarily in stick nests made by hawks, ravens or crows and sometimes on the forest floor. It hunts mainly during early morning and late afternoon, especially during winter. Although a very large owl, small rodents make up to 90 per cent of its diet. Their pellets are very large, measuring up to 10cm long and up to 5cm thick.

conservation status

Not threatened.


  • The great grey owl perches on high branches next to the trunk of bushy trees to keep itself protected from cold winds.

  • Being a large owl they use the element of surprise to catch their prey and so usually only take short bursts of flight, thus saving energy.

  • They are very vocal and often use their calls to maintain territory, attract a mate and to communicate with other owls.

fact file

At its peak, Scotland had around 140,000 farm horses, plus an unknown number in towns and cities, most of which were Clydesdales in whole or part.