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Owl (Snowy)
Nyctea scandiaca

Class  

Birds

Owl (Snowy)

Range  

They are an owl of the far north, found in arctic Canada, Greenland, and Northern Eurasia.

Habitat  

They are found mostly on the tundra, but sometimes are found in marshes and on the coastlines.

Body Traits  

The snowy owl is large, up to 25 inches tall. They are white with some striping (bars) and spots. They have a rounded head, yellow eyes and dark beak.

Habits  

They hunt during the day.

Diet  

They eat small mammals like hares, lemmings, and mice and also birds such as ducks and gulls.

Reproduction  

The snowy owl begins nesting in mid-May. It scrapes a dent in the ground and lines it with moss and feathers. Females lay 4-10 eggs, more if there is a lot of food. The male brings food to the female while she warms (incubates) the eggs.


Owl (Snowy)

Classification  

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vetebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Bubo
Species: B. scandiacus

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