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SpeciesBarredHornedSaw-whetSnowyGreyScreechLong-EaredBarnPygmySpotted

Species - Summary

I have seen (and photographed) four species of owl in or around Stanley Park - Barred, Great-Horned, Saw-Whet and Snowy. The latter was seen at Sunset Beach during an "irruption" year.

Most of this site deals with the Barred Owl - the observation pages do include some others. To aid in locating those observations (Great Horned, Saw-Whet and Snowy Owls) the pages for those species include more information and photos (or else links into the general observation history).

Another five species are possible visitors - as determined from sightings or other reports. These include - Great Grey (seen for two weeks one winter), Western Screech and Pygmy (heard during call-out surveys), Barn and Long-Eared (semi-reliable reports).

One species you will not see is the Spotted Owl, but I have included information on it for completeness. It is close to extirpation in Canada.

Over time I hope to add standard distribution maps and general information for the species just mentioned - included on their individual pages. However, since that information is widely available from other sources it is not my highest priority.

Some basic statistics follow, heaviest to lightest (averages or ranges of values are given), females are generally larger and heavier then the male (as indicated):

Species Scientific Name Weight Length Wingspan
Snowy Bubo scandiacus
(Nyctea scandiaca)
780 - 2950 g. (f.)
700 - 2500 g. (m.)
60 - 70 cm.
55 - 64 cm.
132 cm.
Great Horned Bubo virginianus 1000 - 2500 g. (f.)
680 - 1450 g. (m.)
60 cm.
51 cm.
143 cm.
134 cm.
Great Grey Strix nebulosa 925 - 1700 g. (f.)
800 - 1175 g. (m.)
59 - 69 cm. 130 cm.
Barred Strix varia 800 g. (f.)
630 g. (m.)
51 cm.
48 cm.
107 - 111 cm.
Spotted Strix occidentalis 550 - 760 g. (f.)
520 - 700 g. (m.)
41 - 48 cm. 100 cm.
Barn Tyto alba 400 - 700 g. 29 - 44 cm. 110 cm.
Long-Eared Asio otus 260 - 435 g. (f.)
220 - 305 g. (m.)
37 - 40 cm.
35 - 38 cm.
90 - 100 cm.
Western Screech Megascops kennicottii 157 - 250 g. (f.)
131 - 210 g. (m.)
21 - 24 cm. 51 cm.
Saw-Whet Aegolius acadicus 100 g. (f.)
75 g. (m.)
20 - 21.5 cm.
18 - 20 cm.
43 cm.
Pygmy Glaucidium gnoma 73 g. (f.)
62 g. (m.)
16 - 18 cm. 30 cm.

These statistics are derived from a number of sources - see References page for my  recommended list. Green indicates a species that I have seen in Stanley Park. Cyan indicates a species that has been seen or heard in the general area on at least one occasion (or during irruption years) - rare sightings. Red indicates a species that you should report immediately if you encounter - no recorded sightings in the area.

You may note the omission of the Short-eared Owl - that is because I have heard of no sightings of this species within Stanley Park. It is found elsewhere in the Lower Mainland.