Owl (Snowy) / Bubo scandiacus

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Feathers on their legs and toes protect them from extreme cold

A pair of snowy owls defend their nest fiercely and will attack a wolf it comes too close

Snowy owls lead an essentially nomadic lifestyle in the Arctic regions and can only be claimed as a UK owl because of birds that bred on Fetlar, in the Shetland Isles, from 1967 to 1975. They are usually found perched on the ground or rock, occasionally in trees, and can survive low temperatures.

In the wild they feed on lemmings, rabbits and other small mammals. They are active during the daytime and hunt from a perch, the ground or the air. They approach prey with a long low glide and can take prey from under snow.

Females will lay around six eggs a year.