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These large owls have distinct white feathers.
This is the only owl species where the male and females can be distinguished by the colours of their feathers. Females have dark black mottling on their bodies while males appear almost completely white.
For warmth, their feathers are extremely thick even covering their entire legs, right to the talons on their feet.
They have a round head with no feather tufts, and bright yellow eyes.
Photo taken at the Calgary Zoo, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
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