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What Is The Scientific Name Of Snowy Owl? (ANSWERS)

SCIENTIFIC NAME OF SNOWY OWL – In this topic, we are going to know and identify the binomial or scientific name of snowy owl.

SCIENTIFIC NAME OF SNOWY OWL
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The snowy owl is a huge, white owl of the true owl family Strigidae. It is also known as polar owlwhite owl and the Arctic owl.

They are native to the Arctic regions of both North America and the Palearctic.

This is one of the largest owl species and the only owl with a huge white plumage (feathers). It falls under the vulnerable list by the IUCN.

Unlike most owls, who sleep at day and hunt at night, snowy owls are usually active during the day. The owl is distinctive due to its white stippled sparsely with black-brown color.

Scientific name

The binomial name of snowy owl is Bubo scandiacus.

Bubo is a genus composed of horned owls and eagle-owls in the Old World. It is the Latin term for the “Eurasian eagle-owl”.

The species name scandiacus, on the other hand is the New Latin term for Scandinavia.

Its previous binomial names include the following:

  • Strix scandiaca
  • Strix nyctea
  • Nyctea scandiaca

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