Great gray owl

Great gray owl paul hara 4-16-2014

Strix nebulosa

Great gray owls prefer to eat voles, mice, and pocket gophers—things that live underground.  So how do they find their subterranean food?  Great gray owls can hunt by sound alone and can hear prey as deep as 12 inches beneath snow and dirt. Once detected, this owl will dive feet first to yank prey from a mound or burrow.

Shadow was found in Minnesota and treated for a wing injury. Because she can only fly short distances, she cannot be released to the wild. Based on weight (close to three pounds), we believe this bird is a female. She has been at the museum since 1999.