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Snowy owl

Scientific name :
Bubo scandiacus
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Although the distinction between the male and female specimens of most raptors is not obvious at first glance (their size usually tells them apart), this is not the case of the snowy owl. The female displays several black markings, while the male tends to be a more uniform white.


Geographic distribution of the snowy owl

Snowy owls are found in Scandinavia, Norway, Canada and Greenland.


Habits of the snowy owl

The snowy owl is mainly diurnal and hunts from dawn till dusk. With her black markings, the female is ideally camouflaged for brooding. Couples remain together for life and do not reproduce in years when prey is difficult to find.

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Snowy owls are able to walk and run quickly. Males mark their territory by singing and by performing display flights. They behave very aggressively around the nesting site. To trick predators, the female sometimes feigns injury
Tundra and scree slopes in Scandinavia, Norway, Canada and Greenland.
Length: 56 to 65 cm.
Weight: male: 1.3 to 2 kg. female: 1.5 to 2.6 kg.
Wingspan: 1.40 m to 1.70 m.
Carnivorous: small rodents and small mammals
Longevity: around 15 years
Lays: usually 6 to 10 eggs, but possibly up to 14.
Brooding: 35 days.

Conservation status

Stable Threatened Critically endangered

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