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Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Great Gray Owl fun facts

The Great Gray Owl is an elusive bird that is not easy to find, despite its size. They spend the year in dense, wet evergreen forests of Canada. Your best chance of seeing one in Michigan is during an irruptive year when they come south in search of food.

Fun Facts from AllAboutBirds.org:
- The Great Gray Owl is a dapper owl dressed in a gray suit with a bow tie across its neck and a surprised look on its face.
- Standing at a length 24-33 inches high, with a wing span of 54-60 inches the Great Gray Owl is one of the tallest owls in the U.S., but weighs only 2.5 pounds, less than the the Great Horned Owl and Snowy Owl.- In the winter, they eat up to 7 vole-sized small mammals every day.
-  They have asymmetrical ear openings that help them find prey by sound alone. The left ear opening is higher on the head than the right ear opening which enables precise directional hearing and lets them nab invisible prey.
-  They can break through hard packed snow to grab a small mammal. One bird reportedly broke through snow that was hard enough to support a 176-pound human.

Related Articles:
- Snowy Owls http://bit.ly/ylJmQq
- Eastern Screech Owl http://bit.ly/wMQBZj
- Great Horned Owl http://bit.ly/zmlFqY
- Barred Owl http://bit.ly/yAoDx8
- Great Gray Owl http://bit.ly/tAewYm
- Fun Facts on Owls http://bit.ly/z9q3Dg

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