An avian predator built for the snow  

An avian predator built for the snow

This striking snowy owl makes its home in the Arctic tundra, but the species is known to migrate as far south as the northern part of the contiguous United States in search of food. If you’re in snowy owl territory, keep a lookout for its signature wintry white plumage. While adult male snowy owls are almost entirely white, young owls and adult females like this one have patterns of black feathers among the snow-white plumage. All snowy owls have unmistakably golden eyes, and like other owls, they can rotate their heads about 270 degrees.

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