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Watch The Great Gray Owl Cam - LIVE
The largest owl in North America, the Great Gray Owl has a wingspan up to 60 inches. But it’s its dish-like face, big yellow eyes and “bow-tie” that makes this owl one of the most iconic species in the world.
And while their bodies appear massive, the owls only weigh 2-3 pounds. The illusion of size is the result of very fluffy plumage. Still, great gray owls need a large nest to raise a family, either taking over abandoned nests of other big birds like the raven or red-tailed hawk, or by building them on wide, flat platforms. This owl couple has made its home in a “snag”, a wide diameter tree broken off at the top.
The mother alone will incubate their nest of eggs and brood their chicks while the father hunts for the entire family. About 5 weeks after hatching, the chicks will climb out onto other nearby branches and trees, taking flight about a week later.
The Great Gray Owl Cam is made possible through partnership between Owl Research Institute and Explore.org.
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