Great Gray Owl
A Reference for North and Central American Owls
The Great Gray Owl is the largest of the North and Central American owls. Head to tail this owl can be almost 3 feet tall and have a 5 foot wing span. Its large size and lack of ear tufts make it a very distinctive owl. In spite of its large size though it is not the most massive species with both Snowy Owls and Great Horned Owls being heavier. This is one of the few owl species that is found around the world in the northern latitudes. Great Gray Owls are also elegant in appearance, sporting a white mustache that is broken in the middle with a black “bow tie”. In North America, this enormous owl periodically makes massive winter movements where large numbers of the owls will move south into the northern US. Here you will find photos, range map, recordings and a brief field notes section to help identify and enjoy this beautiful owl. A more in depth write up can be found on its natural history page.