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    Top 10 Snowy Owl Facts

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    Snowy owls have become extremely popular over the last decade as the Harry Potter stories have brought them into the limelight. The snowy owl has striking looks, great hunting skills and a unique personality. See the following Top 10 snowy owl facts for more information.

    %%AFC-ADVERT%% 1. The snowy owl is a diurnal bird. This means that it hunts during the day, as well as at night. It is the only owl to do this.

    2. Snowy owls mainly eat lemmings. The bird sits and waits patiently for prey in trees.

    3. Wild snowy owls leave the arctic in years when the lemming numbers are low. This brings them further south and they can be found in Europe, America and Asia.
     
    4. Adult snowy owls can eat up to 5 lemmings each day. That is 1,600 every year.

    5. Snowy owls are white as they have no pigment. This leaves space for air to insulate and keep them warm in the cold climates they live in. 

    6. The toes and legs of the snowy owl are feathered heavily to keep them warm in the freezing temperatures of the arctic region. 

    7. Snowy owls have been known to frequent airports as the open spaces remind them of the tundra that they are used to.

    8. Snowy owls do not have many predators after them. However, during nesting season they must be weary of foxes and wolves. 

    9. The snowy owl can also be called the Arctic Owl or the Great White Owl. 

    10. Snowy owls breed in a wide range of places known as circumpolar. These areas include Greenland, Scandinavia, Russia, Alaska and Canada.

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