There are more to owls' super powers than just their incredible head-turning skills.

This clip, from the BBC documentary Super Powered Owls, highlights the powerful defence tactics that snowy owls employ to throw their earth-bound enemies off balance.

There are no trees in the open landscape so - to get a food view of their surroundings - the owls nest on top of large rocks or mounds.

This still makes them especially vulnerable to predators such as the skua (a gull-like bird) and the Arctic wolf, which is why they are so aggressive when it comes to protecting their young.

The snowy owl is typically found in the northern circumpolar region, where it makes its summer home north of latitude 60° north. However, it is a particularly nomadic bird, and because population fluctuations in its prey species can force it to relocate, it has been known to breed at more southerly latitudes.

Snowy owls are native to Arctic regions in North America and Eurasia. Males are almost all white, while females have more flecks of black plumage. Juvenile snowy owls have black feathers until they turn white.


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