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Owl (Snowy)

Nyctea scandiaca
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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