Wilson, Alexander, 1766-1813. / American ornithology; or The natural history of the birds of the United States
Genus 3. Strix. Owl. Species 1. Strix nyctea. Snow owl, pp. -117
GENUS 8. STRIX. OWL. SPECIES 1. STRIX NYCTEd. SNOW OWL. [Plate XXXII.-Fig. 1, Male.] LATHAM I, 13%2, A'o. 17.-BUFFON, I, S87.-Great White Owl, EDW. 61.-Snowy Owl, a1rct. Zool. 233, No. 11.- IPEALE'S XMuseum, Vo. 458.$ THE Snow Owl represented in the plate, is reduced to half its natural size. To preserve the apparent magnitude, the other accompanying figures are drawn by the same scale. This great northern hunter inhabits the coldest and most dreary regions of the northern hemisphere, in both continents. The forlorn mountains of Greenland, covered with eternal ice and snows, where, for nearly half the year, the silence of death and desolation might almost be expected to reign, furnish food and shelter to this hardy adventurer; whence he is only driven by the extreme severity of weather towards the seashore. He is found in Lapland, Norway, and the country near Hudson's Bay, during the whole year; is said to be common in Siberia, and numerous in Kamtschatka. He is often seen in Canada, and the northern districts of the United States; and sometimes extends his visits to the borders of Florida. Nature, ever provident, has so effectually secured this bird from the attacks of cold, that not even a point is left exposed. The bill is almost completely hid among a mass of feathers, that cover the face; the legs are clothed with such an exuberance of long thick hair-like plumage, as to appear nearly as large as those of a middle sized dog, nothing being visible but the claws, which are large, black, much hooked, * We add the following synonymes:-Strix nyclea, LINN. Syst. ed. 10, I, P. 93.-GiAEL. SSt. i, p. 291.-LATH. Ind. Orn. p. 57. Strix canidida, Id. Sup. 2, p. 14.--V1irL. Ois. de 1'.Sa. Sept. i, pl. lS.-l n.^i^ Alan. &Orn. I, p. 82.
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