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Snowy owls – Owls that live in arctic areas

The Snowy Owl is a species of a large, white owl. As anyone sees the owl get to know how he received its name. Snowy Owl is also referred to as the polar owl, white owl, and the Arctic owl. Snowy owls are found in both the arctic regions of North America and the Pale arctic. It has a lot of unique adaptations in its habitat and lifestyle, which are different from other extant owls. It is one of the largest species in owls.  Most of the owls sleep during day time and go hunting during the night time but snow owls are mostly active during the day as they live in cold places where nights are much colder. Global warming and environmental change are a threat to the existence of snow owls.

Breeding

Its breeding efforts and entirely global population are close to the availability of tundra-dwelling lemmings but in the non-breeding seasons and during breeding the snowy owl may adapt to almost any available prey, most often in other small mammals and northerly water birds. The snow owl is a nomadic bird, which breeds at the same locations or with the same mates on the annual basis and mostly does not breed at all if the prey is unavailable. Snowy owls do not interbreed with other owl species and absolutely no hybrid of the owl is ever found.

sex

The Male is generally pure white while the female has extensive flecks of dark brown color. Male snowy owls have dark color markings that sometimes appear similar to female snowy owls until their maturity, after which they completely turn white. The sex of snow owls can be determined by the shape of the wings and markings on the wings. The chicks are grayish-white initially but quickly transition to dark gray-brown as they grow up.