Snowy Owl, Bubo scandiacus, Alaska Zoo, Anchorage, Alaska, USA.
The Snowy Owl is a powerful arctic predator, active during the day from dawn to dusk. Visit the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, Alaska, USA. Snowy Owls (also known as Arctic owl, Great White owl, or harfang des neiges in French) nest in the Arctic tundra of the northermost stretches of Alaska, Canada, and Eurasia. They winter south through Canada and northern Eurasia, with irruptions occurring further south in some years. The Snowy Owl is a large bird of prey with a rounded head, yellow eyes, black bill, and heavily feathered feet.. The adult male is virtually pure white, but females and young birds have some dark scalloping; the young are heavily barred, and dark spotting may even predominate. It was formerly regarded as the sole member of a genus (Nyctea scandiaca), but mtDNA cytochrome b sequence data (Olsen et al. 2002) shows that it is very closely related to the horned owls in the genus Bubo, so it is now called Bubo scandiacus. It is the official bird of Quebec. Snowy Owl calls are varied, but the alarm call is a barking, almost quacking krek-krek; the female also has a softer mewling pyee-pyee or prek-prek. The song is a deep repeated gawh.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download