Kingdom : Animalia
                          Class : Aves
                       Family : Strigidae
        Scientific Name : Bubo Scandiacus

                      Size(H) : 60cm - 75cm
                                       (24in - 30in)
                Wing Span : 130cm - 164cm 
                                       (51in - 65in)
                       Weight : 1.1kg - 2kg
                                       (2.4lbs - 4.4lbs)
                 Top Speed : 80km/h (50mph)

                  Life Span : 10 - 17 years
                      Colour : Black, White, Grey
                 Skin Type : Feathers
Distinctive Features : Black and white
                                      markings and large
                                      head
  1. Snowy owls are one of the largest owl species in the world found in the Arctic Circle.
  2. They are also known as the Great White Owl and the Arctic Owl.
  3. They inhabit the Arctic Circle across Greenland, Europe, Asia and Canada.
  4. That being said they have also been spotted throughout Asia and Europe and have also been seen in Texas and the Caribbean.
  5. They have bright white feathers that may be flecked with grey or black and have feathered feet.
  6. They have large eyes, a large head and a curved, sharp beak.
  7. This helps them camouflage as well as survive in the cold arctic circle.
  8. They grow to an average height of around 65cm and are known to have a wingspan of around 140cm.
  9. The Snowy owl is the official bird of Quebec.
  10. They choose their nesting site in ground very carefully considering the visibility from there and also the availability of food.
  11. They are omnivores, feeding mainly on lemmings, small rodents, rabbits, birds, fish, squirrels and even foxes and gophers.
  12. They swallow their food whole and regurgitate the bones later, as pellets.
  13. Interestingly, they need to eat around 5 mice or lemmings, every day, to survive and sustain themselves.
  14. Their natural predators are wolves, large foxes, wild dogs and humans.
  15. They breed during the month of May and the female snowy owl lays around 7-14 eggs.
  16. The eggs hatch out after an incubation after 5 weeks and the chicks are cared for by both the parents till they are able to fend for themselves.

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