Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa) - HBW 5, p. 203
French: Chouette lapone
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.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 20 videos
A bird perched on a trunk, scratching its head, defecating and going away. Locality Santillana Zoo, Santillana del Mar, Cantabria, Spain
Carlos Fabregat 26 August 2007 16 weeks ago 58 sec 3.5
A bird perching showing puffed plumage Locality Oslo & Akershus, Norway (ssp lapponica)
Eric Roualet 29 September 2012 33 weeks ago 20 sec 3.4
PhotosSee all 38 photos
A female bird perched near the nest.
Locality Oulu Province, Finland (ssp lapponica)
Dc.Owl 8 June 2009 3 years ago 3.7
Lateral side view of perched bird
Locality Helsinki, Southern Finland Province, Finland (ssp lapponica)
Mikko Pyhälä 19 March 2013 8 weeks ago 3.5
Close-up of a bird.
Locality Wildpark Frankenhof, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Christa 19 July 2011 1 year ago 3.5
Bird perched in tree.
Locality Orillia, Ontario, Canada
Miriam Bauman 10 February 2005 2 years ago 3.5
Looking for meadow voles
Locality Ontario, Canada
Jim Watt 12 February 2005 4 years ago 3.5
Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa) perched on a snowy forest edge
Locality Lapland Province, Finland
Harri Taavetti 3 March 2009 46 weeks ago 3.4