Snowy Owl

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Snowy Owl

The Snowy Owl is a large sized member of the owl family, and is known for its beautiful white face and lightly colored body. This owl is different from other birds, in that the female Snowy Owl is larger than her male counterpart.


Content List

1. Scientific & Common Names

2. Characteristics

a. Breeding

b. Behavior

3. History

4. Present Status

5. References


Scientific & Common Names

Kingdom - Animalia

Phylum - Chordata

Class - Aves

Order - Strigiformes

Family - Strigidae

Genus - Bubo

Species - scandiacus.

Common Names: Snowy Owl


Characteristics

The Snowy Owl is a large sized bird. It stands approximately 20 to 28 inches tall, with a wingspan of approximately 4.2 feet to 4.8 feet. This is a very beautiful bird and is considered the most beautiful of the owl species. It is known for its white face and light-colored body.


Breeding

The Snowy Owl lays between 3 and 11 eggs at a time. This bird will generally have between one and three broods per year. This owl is a monogamous bird, and both parents share in the child rearing duties. The birds stay close together during their mating season and while their babies are young. They may roost separately at other times, but remain bonded unless one partner is killed.


Behavior

The Snowy Owl, like its other owl cousins, is a hunter. It requires lots of open land in which to hunt. This bird hunts primarily by sound, and not by sight. True to its name, this bird prefers to roost in barns, sheds, and other outbuildings. A cozy tree with a hole is also suitable for this bird. The Snowy Owl eats small rodents, insects, and some plants. The Snowy Owl is also a nocturnal bird, and does traveling, hunting, and other activities under the cover of darkness.


History

The Snowy Owl can be found in most of the country. This average life span for the Snowy Owl is approximately 6 to 12 years when in the wild; this life span can be greater for those kept in captivity.


Present Status

The Snowy Owl is very prolific in North America with a high population count, and is not on any endangered species list. The Snowy Owl can be found in a wide variety of places. One generally does not have to travel far to find one.


References

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/snowy-owl/

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/snowy_owl/lifehistory

http://www.defenders.org/snowy-owl/basic-facts

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowy_owl

http://a-z-animals.com/animals/snowy-owl/