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Great Grey Owl
Strix nebulosa

Map of the common names

An unmistikable large (L 65 cm) grey owl with characteristic "anual rings" on the face. Occurs in mixed and coniferous forest with glades, bogs or similar open areas. Presence is dependent on availability of small rodents, so birds must emigrate in years of food scarcity. Generally resident.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
In EU, the breeding population is about 2,000 pairs. The deterioration of habitat through forest exploitation and disturbances are the major threats for the species.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population :
less than 1,000 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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