Snowy Owl

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Snowy Owl

 

(Nyctea scandiaca), a bird of the family Strigidae, native to the arctic.

Snowy owls are distributed in the tundra zone of North America, Europe, and Asia, and on certain islands of the northern Arctic Ocean. In the winter they migrate to the steppe zone. Their plumage is white, with greater or lesser development of brown spots. Their length is 55–65 cm; wingspread, 150–168 cm; and weight, 1.5–2.5 kg. The eggs (from three to 11) are laid in the middle or end of May; a hole in the earth, lined with moss, serves as a nest. The brooding lasts about a month. Intensive reproduction of snowy owls may be observed in years of abundance of its main food, lemmings. When there are few lemmings, the number of eggs in a clutch is smaller, and in some years snowy owls do not nest at all.

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Colonies of the snow goose Anser caerulescens, brent goose Branta bernicla and eider Somateria mollissima near the snowy owl Nyctea scandiaca nests on Wrangel Island.
Colonies of snow goose Anser caerulescens, brent goose Branta bernicla and eider Somateria mollissima near the snowy owl Nyctea scandiaca nests on Wrangel Island (in Russian).
Ravens Corvus corax and snowy owls Nyctea scandiaca were observed along landfast ice edges.
On a observe le grand corbeau Corvus corax et le harfang des neiges Nyctea scandiaca sur la lisiere de la glace de rive.
Three species of raptors--peregrine falcon Falco peregrinus, rough-legged hawk Buteo lagopus, and snowy owl Nyctea scandiaca--also nest in the cliffs of these hills.
Snowy Owl Nyctea scandiaca (French: Harfang des neiges; Inuktitut: Uppik [Aukpik]): Uncommon breeder.
Snowy Owl Nyctea scandiaca: CAIRN COVE: A partial skeleton was found near a fox den in July 1975.