Exhibit A. Beautifully colored screech owl. (Heh. I was just scrolling down through my "Birds" board, and discovered this very picture labeled as "Philippine Scops Owl". So now I'm wondering, how sure are we that this is a screech owl? I've found that the consensus is not always correct.)
Snowy Owl: The scientific name for the snowy owl is Nyctea scandiaca Snowy owls range in size from 20 to 28 inches (52 to 71 centimeters). Their wingspan (from wingtip to wingtip) is 4.2 to 4.8 feet (1.3 to 15. meters). In the wild, snowy owls generally live for about 9.5 years. In captivity, they can live 35 years.