Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa)
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‘Gandalf and Arwen’
Size: Length 61-85cm (24-34ins)
Wingspan 120-160cm (47-63ins)
Status: Declining, becoming rare.
Habitat: Sub-tundra tree line/northern conifer forests. (Scandinavia & Canada)
Reproduction: 4-5 eggs. April-May.
30 day incubation.
Diet: Mainly small rodents. Shrews, voles and lemmings.

Raptor Facts

In feather it is larger than an Eagle Owl but they only weigh around half as much. Their bulk is just feather. It is one of 11 species of wood owls and is very closely related to our very own Tawny Owl. The huge facial disc enables the bird to pinpoint the movement of rodents 6 inches under the snow up to 30 metres away. The result is an accurate thrust (even up to 18 inches) into the snow with the claws and dinner is secured!

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