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.

Female snowy owl
Snowy owl during flight

Lemmings are a favourite prey.

The male's mating call sounds like krek-krek, while the female's mating call sounds like pyee-pyee or prek-prek.

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.