The snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus) is a large owl of the typical owl family Strigidae.
The snowy owl is typically found in the northern circumpolar region, where it makes its summer home north of latitude 60º north. However, it is a particularly nomadic bird, and because population fluctuations in its prey species can force it to relocate, it has been known to breed at more southerly latitudes.
The regal Snowy Owl is one of the few birds that can get even
non-birders to come out for a look. This largest (by weight) North
American owl shows up irregularly in winter to hunt in windswept fields
or dunes, a pale shape with catlike yellow eyes. They spend summers far
north of the Arctic Circle hunting lemmings, ptarmigan, and other prey
in 24-hour daylight. In years of lemming population booms they can raise
double or triple the usual number of young.
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