Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa) - HBW 5, p. 203

French: Chouette lapone German: Bartkauz Spanish: Cárabo Lapón
Other common names: Dark Wood-owl; Lapland Owl/Striped Owl, Lapp Striped Owl (lapponica)

Taxonomy: Strix nebulosa J. R. Forster, 1772, northwestern Ontario, Canada.
Affinities uncertain. Population from Kentei Mts, in N Mongolia has been separated as elisabethae, but doubtfully separable from lapponica. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • nebulosa J. R. Forster, 1772 - North America, from C Alaska E to SW Quebec, S to EC California, N Idaho and NE Minnesota.
  • lapponica Thunberg, 1798 - Eurasia, from Fenno-Scandia E to W Koryakland, S to Lithuania, N Mongolia, NE China and N Sakhalin.