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What animals are predators of the snowy owl?

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Foxes, jaegers, dogs, wolves and large birds are predators of snowy owls. Many owls are also killed by humans. Snowy owls are very protective of their young, swooping over the nest and attacking predators to insure survival of the species.

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Ranging in size from 63 to 73 centimeters, snowy owls are the largest bird in the arctic. Weighing 1,550 to 1,600 grams, females are the largest of the breed. Snowy owls are white, with brown spots and bars, and have feet covered in white feathers to protect them from the cold climate. Usually living in the arctic tundra, they may be found as far south as Oklahoma, northern Alabama and central California when food is scarce.

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    What are some fun snowy owl facts for children?

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    Snowy owls are found in the Arctic and female owls, like the females of many birds of prey, are bigger and heavier than males. The male has lighter plumage, and some older males are almost all white. Because of this, Hedwig, Harry Potter's owl, was played by a male.

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    Where do snowy owls live?

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    What do snowy owls eat?

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