Lappuggla Nordens Ark
Lappuggla Nordens Ark

Great grey owl

Strix nebulosa

Owls are normally most active at dawn, dusk and at night. They have excellent eyesight and hearing, and their soft wing feathers allow them to fly almost silently and surprise their prey.

Weight: 1 - 1,5 kg
Height: 69 cm Wingspan: 135 - 160 cm

The great grey owl, or Lapland owl, hunts in meadows, marshland and other open spaces. Its diet consists nearly exclusively of small rodents and shrews. When prey is scarce, it must find new territory, meaning population sizes can fluctuate greatly. Great grey owls don’t build their own nests but take over those of other birds of prey. Sometimes they nest in hollow tree stumps. 

The great grey owl is normally peaceful and unafraid of humans, though in the breeding season it defends its nest aggressively.