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Snowy Owl
Nyctea scandiaca

Map of the common names


Description
Almost as big (L 60 cm) as Eagle Own (Bubo bubo), but tied to upland moor and tundra. The Snowy Owls seem to have preference for certain breeding sites but these may only be used coinciding with years of peack rodent (Lemmus lemmus) population. In years of food scarcity, the owls have wandered over considerable distances to open cultivated areas. Resident.


Watercolour by Serge Nicolle


Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
The Snowy Owl is rare at EU where its population is unlikely to exceed 1,200 pairs. The species is relatively sensitive to disturbance by man during the egg-leying period. Little is known about the long-term effects which climatic change, acidification and overgrazing by reindeers may have on the populations of tundra rodents, the main prey.


Distribution map


yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor


Population :
about 300 pairs


Drawing by Manuel Manolos


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