snowy owl


Definition of snowy owl

: a large ground-nesting diurnal arctic owl (Nyctea scandiaca) that enters the chiefly northern parts of the U.S. in winter and has plumage that is sometimes nearly pure white but usually with brownish spots or bars

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Some bare-ground birds often seen on beaches in the winter, such as snowy owls and horned larks, are reported to be leaving., "Bird sightings in Massachusetts," 21 Apr. 2018 Sightings from Race Point in Provincetown included a mix of lingering winter birds like Pacific loon, Iceland gulls, and snowy owl, along with new spring arrivals like parasitic jaegers, common terns, a roseate tern, and sooty shearwaters., "Bird sightings on Cape Cod," 7 May 2018 Choose to head out on a riverside hike through lush landscapes inhabited by red deer, ptarmigan, and snowy owl, or spend time exploring Braemar’s charming shops and galleries. National Geographic, "Scotland Private Expedition," 12 June 2019 Polar bear maternity ward: Located above the Arctic Circle at the edge of the Chukchi Sea, Russia’s Wrangel Island is a haven for all sorts of wildlife, from arctic foxes and snowy owls to reindeer, walruses, and shaggy musk oxen. National Geographic, "Fun Facts About the Bering and Chukchi Seas," 26 Mar. 2019 Surprisingly, winter is an excellent time for viewing birdlife like bald eagles and snowy owls, which come down to New England from the Arctic to mate. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Things to Do in New England This Winter," 25 Jan. 2018 Lorax is now the second snowy owl that the Wild Bird Fund has rehabilitated in the last year and a half. Aaron Robertson, New York Times, "An Unusual Jailbird Is Found at Rikers Island: A Snowy Owl," 3 July 2018 There are also the migrants, such as the snowy owl, that come to Wisconsin from Canada. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Winter birding in Wisconsin delivers sightings of snowy owls, eagles and more," 16 Feb. 2018 This Thursday, after three months at the Raptor Rehab of Kentucky, this snowy owl will be driven to Wisconsin to be released back into the wild. James Bruggers, The Courier-Journal, "Months after a daring rescue on a Louisville freeway, a snowy owl is about to be set free," 20 Mar. 2018

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1781, in the meaning defined above

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