Snowy owl

Snowy owl
Bubo scandiacus (Linnaeus, 1758) Male.jpg
Male
Snowy Owl - Schnee-Eule.jpg
Female
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Bubo
Species: B. scandiacus
Binomial name
Bubo scandiacus
( Linnaeus, 1758)
Cypron-Range Bubo scandiacus.svg

     Breeding      Non Breeding
Synonyms

Strix scandiaca Linnaeus, 1758
Nyctea scandiaca (Linnaeus, 1758)

The snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus) is a large, white owl of the typical owl family. Snowy owls are native to Arctic regions in North America and Eurasia. Males are almost all white, while females have more flecks of black plumage. Juvenile snowy owls have black feathers until they turn white. The snowy owl is a ground nester that primarily hunts rodents and waterfowl, and opportunistically eats carrion.

Taxonomy

Young owl on the tundra at Barrow, Alaska. Snowy owls lose their black feathers with age, although individual females may retain some

The snowy owl was one of the many bird species originally described by Linnaeus in the landmark 1758 10th edition of his Systema Naturae, where it was given the binomial name of Strix scandiaca. [2] The genus name Bubo is Latin for the Eurasian eagle-owl and scandiaca is New Latin for Scandinavia. [3]

Until recently, the snowy owl was regarded as the sole member of a distinct genus, as 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. However, some authorities debate this classification, still preferring Nyctea. [4]

Other Languages
العربية: بوم ثلجي
asturianu: Bubo scandiacus
azərbaycanca: Qütb bayquşu
башҡортса: Ҡуян ябалағы
беларуская: Сава белая
български: Полярна сова
བོད་ཡིག: འུག་དཀར།
brezhoneg: Kaouenn-erc'h
català: Duc blanc
čeština: Sovice sněžní
dansk: Sneugle
davvisámegiella: Skuolfi
Deutsch: Schnee-Eule
eesti: Lumekakk
español: Bubo scandiacus
Esperanto: Neĝostrigo
euskara: Elur-hontz
فارسی: جغد برفی
føroyskt: Snjóugla
Frysk: Snie-ûle
Gàidhlig: Comhachag gheal
galego: Bufo nival
hrvatski: Snježna sova
interlingua: Bubo scandiacus
ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ/inuktitut: ᐅᒃᐱᒃ
Iñupiak: Ukpik
íslenska: Snæugla
italiano: Bubo scandiacus
עברית: אוח השלג
ქართული: თეთრი ბუ
қазақша: Ақ жапалақ
кырык мары: Ош тымана
latviešu: Baltā pūce
lietuvių: Baltoji pelėda
magyar: Hóbagoly
македонски: Снежен був
Nederlands: Sneeuwuil
norsk: Snøugle
norsk nynorsk: Snøugle
Piemontèis: Nyctea scandiaca
português: Coruja-das-neves
русский: Белая сова
саха тыла: Хаар эбэ
Scots: White oul
Simple English: Snowy owl
slovenščina: Snežna sova
српски / srpski: Снежна сова
svenska: Fjälluggla
தமிழ்: பனி ஆந்தை
татарча/tatarça: Ак ябалак
Türkçe: Kar baykuşu
українська: Сова біла
vepsän kel’: Vauged pulo
Tiếng Việt: Cú tuyết
中文: 雪鸮