Snowy owl

species of bird

The snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus) is an owl native to the Arctic regions of North America and Eurasia. They hunt rodents. Lemmings are a favourite prey. They will also hunt fish and small mammals. The male's mating call sounds like krek-krek, while the female's mating call sounds like pyee-pyee or prek-prek.

Female snowy owl
Snowy owl during flight
Bubo scandiacus

In the novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (USA edition: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone), Harry is assigned a female snowy owl as his animal companion.[1] Her name is Hedwig.


  1. Erickson, Laura. "The Owls of Harry Potter". Retrieved 14 February 2018.