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Snowy Owl Project
Transcript of Snowy Owl Project
Snowy Owl Introduction
The Snowy Owl's Adaptations to its Habitat
Snowy Owl Habitat
Tall area with excellent viability
Snowy Owl's Characteristics
Competitors for Prey
Great Horned Owls
Eurasian Eagle Owls
As adult snowy owls have very few predators, the only defending skills Snowy owls need are those that are used to defend their owlets.
Both the female and male adult snowy owls defend their nest. From above, they dive-bomb their owlet’s predators. This distracts the predators.
Snowy Owl's Main Characteristics
Interesting Facts About the Snowy Owl
Species B. scandiacus
The snowy owl's lightly coloured body helps the snowy owl camouflage into the light colours of the snowy owl's natural habitat, the Artic Tundra.
In the bitter cold of the frozen tundra, the many layers of feathers that coat the snowy owl's helps warm the snowy owl's entire body, including its feet and legs.
Large Yellow Eyes Surrounded by Stiff Feather Disks
Reflects sound waves to the snowy owl's ears, located directly behind its eyes. This hearing helps owl's detect prey where light and vision is limited.
strong and sharp talons
divisible ear tuffs
short, curved and powerful beak
feathered and wide wings
note: male snowy owl
The snowy owl is a beautiful creature, and many are unaware of it’s strength and power.
The snowy owl is among the largest North American owl species. It lives beyond the Arctic Circle, usually spotted in its natural habitat, the arctic tundra. Snowy owls usually mate for life, but may separate when migrating. The male and female’s main appearance difference is the completeness of white they may or may not have. Females are generally more speckled then males and may never become perfectly white. With age, males may become completely white.
The snowy owl’s excellent eyesight and hearing helps them hunt down prey, day and night, for snowy owls are diurnal (they are active and hunt day and night). The snowy owl’s main preys are lemmings, and they are easier to catch then the snowy owl’s larger possible prey. In many years food sources are low and owlets have hunt for food on their own, bringing back as much as they can to their family. Snowy owl parents are very protective over their young, often shrieking and diving at possible predators.
The snowy owls range stretches through Alaska, Canada and Eurasia. Through the winter they travel southwards, months before the snowy owl breeding season of May.
snowy owl range
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Intresting Fact #1
An adult Snowy Owl can eat three to five lemmings per day, and up to 1,600 per year
Intresting Fact #2
Snowy owls often tend to hang around airports. Many believe that it's the many similarities between airports and the Arctic Tundra, that draw the snowy owls there.
Intresting Fact #3
Snowy owls have many different names.
Intresting Fact #4
The male and female both share a part in looking after their owlets.
Female: Sits on nest keeping the eggs warm.
Male: Hunts, to keep the family fed.
are low and relatively flat
have short, scruffy plants and grasses
there are numerous puddles
These characteristics of an airport are some of the characteristics of the snowy owl's natural habitat, the Arctic Tundra.
Great White Owls
Highland Tundra Owls
When the eggs hatch, if the prey is low, the owlets have to go out and hunt on their own.
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Interesting Fact #5
Since adult snowy owls swallow their prey whole, they have strong stomach juices that digest flesh, while the bones, teeth, fur and feathers than are indigestible are compacted into pellets that are regurgitated.