from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of Strigidæ of great, size and extensively white color, with rudimentary plumicorns, very shaggy paws, and the bill nearly buried in feathers; the snow-owls.
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Only the following birds were seen: owls (_Strix nyctea_) rather numerous, of which one was killed; a species of falcon, which was hunted unsuccessfully; snow buntings, breeding very generally in the stone mounds; a covey of snow ptarmigan, of which some young birds were shot; six species of waders, the most common birds of the region, of which a large number were shot; two kinds of gulls
The Snowy Owl (_Strix nyctea_, L.), drawn by M. Westergren
Johnson had wounded an owl (_Strix nyctea_), which however made its escape.
The snowy owl (_Strix nyctea_) is, perhaps, the most beautiful, as it is one of the most powerful birds of its genus -- of which there are more than a dozen in North America.
a ptarmigan at all, but another kind of bird, similarly marked in winter, namely, _fjellugglan_, the walrus-hunter's _isoern_, the snowy owl (_Strix nyctea_, L.).
"Of land birds there winter in the region only three species, viz. an _owl_ (_Strix nyctea_, L.), a _raven_