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Hedwig is a well known character in the Harry Potter movies. Hedwig belongs to the Snowy Owl species. This too as per the identification belongs to Snowy Owl family. It was sitting calmly in this rope. I whistled so that it could turn towards me and it did. As soosn as I looked at it I felt that I was seeing Hedwig.

Little Details about Snowy Owl:
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FIELD MARKS: Round-headed, eyes yellow, bill black. Feet heavily feathered. Lack true facial disk. A distinctive white owl with varying degrees of dark brown spotting and barring. Adult males are almost pure white, although they have up to three tail bands. Adult females are distinctly barred throughout, although white tail dominates. Females usually have from four to six tail bands. Immatures are very heavily barred throughout, and dark spotting may codominate or dominate the overall plumage. Intensity of dark spotting varies with the sex of the immatures; females are the darkest. An easy owl to reconize.

SIZE: 20 to 27 inches.

WEIGHT: 59 to 70 ounces (3.5 to 4.5 pounds).

SIMILAR SPECIES: Possibly barn-owl; however, the barn owl has brown eyes, a white bill, and a heart-shaped facial disk. Also, they are rusty or tawny colored dorsally. The short-eared owl may also be confused; however, its overall color gives a golden/brown appearance and it is much smaller.

HABITAT: Breeds on Arctic tundra. Winters primarily on open plains, and in costal and agricultural areas.

NATURAL HISTORY: Begins breeding in May or June. Nests on the ground. Clutch size four to nine. Incubation 32 days. Young fledge at 50 to 60 days. Migratory, but adults tend to remain farther north.

FOOD HABITS: Primarily voles and lemmings, although capable of taking ptarmigan, ducks, geese, hares, and rabbits.

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