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Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

Bubo scandiacus
As the name implies, this large owl is whitish in colour. Males may be almost entirely white, except for three dark tail bands. Females and young show a pattern of dark bars or spots, and very young animals may be heavily spotted. On the BC coast the snowy owl feeds largely on waterfowl. Nests sites are usually on the ground.

Photo by Marie Hale


Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology: Snowy Owl Profile and Call

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