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Snowy Owl

Bubo scandiaca

Range

  • Northern circumpolar region

Habitat

  • Tundra

Diet

  • Lemmings
  • Rabbits
  • Rodents
  • Birds
  • Fish

Due to their thick layer of feathers, snowy owls are the largest owl (by weight) of all North American owls.

Spending summers in the arctic regions allows them to hunt continuously in the 24-hour daylight instead of at night like most owls. Snowy owls will stick close to the ground, even when flying, and prefer treeless, open scapes. They use exceptional hearing and vision to find prey which they swallow whole.

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