Snowy owl

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phylum Chordata This yellow-eyed, black-beaked white bird is easily recognizable. It is one of the largest species of owl and, in North America, is on average the heaviest owl species. 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. Its thick plumage, heavily feathered taloned feet, and colouration render the Snowy Owl well-adapted for life north of the Arctic Circle.

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clade Diapsida
Class Aves
order Strigiformes
family Strigidae
genus Bubo
species B. scandiacus