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Snowy Owl
A Reference for North and Central American Owls

 The Snowy Owl is found around the world in northern tundra regions. It is the most massive of the North American owls and believed to be one of the most powerful in the world. Here you will find photos and a brief field notes section to help identify and enjoy this beautiful owl. A more in depth write up and range map can be found in its natural history page (the Biology link). To jump immediately to any of these sections use the Page Jump Links below.

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PHOTO GALLERY
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Edmonton 
Alberta
February 2001

Edmonton 
Alberta
February 2001
Boundary Bay
British Columbia
December 2011

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Oxford
Kansas
January 2005
Amherst Island  
Ontario
January 2009
Boundary Bay
British Columbia
December 2011

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FIELD NOTES
Snowy Owl - Bubo (Nyctea) scandiaca

  The Snowy Owl is considered the most powerful of the North American Owls. The Great Gray Owls are larger in size but the Snowy is more massive (greater average weight). The Snowy Owl is not likely to be confused with any other large Owl because of its bright white plumage and large size. The subarcticus race of Great Horned can also get very light in color but not bright white and the Snowy lacks ear tufts. The adult male can be completely immaculate white. The female is noticeably larger than the male and has more barring. The juvenal male is similar in marking to the adult female; the juvenile female is heavily barred. The Snowy Owl is usually quiet except during breeding or when disturbed. It has relatively small lemon yellow eyes, black bill and talons and feathered feet. its length is 23" (slightly larger than a Red-tailed Hawk).

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