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Owl  Snowy Owls

Snowy Owl - Photo  Copyright 2005 G. Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
The book of 'Owls' reveals all sorts of curious and unexpected facts about our five British owls - click here for info

Latin name: Nyctea scandiaca

Size: Up to 65cm long with a wingspan of up to 150cm

Distribution: A rare winter visitor to the most northerly UK islands and Highlands of Scotland.

Months seen: January to March.

Habitat: Moorland, mountain areas and Arctic tundra.

Food: In the UK mainly rabbits, voles and birds. In Scandinavia mainly lemmings.

Special features: The snowy owl is one of the largest owls in the world. The males are almost pure white. The females and juveniles have dark brown bars and spots all over except for the face and bib. The eyes are bright yellow.

Click for a better viewThese birds are well adapted for a life in frozen landscapes. The small head, thick plumage and feathered feet and beak all help prevent heat loss.

Snowy owls were last recorded to have bred in the UK in the Shetlands in 1975.


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