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on 12/2/02 Ross Silcock wrote:


> Hi all:
> This is a forward of Steve Dinsmore's comments on the gender of this
> beautiful bird.

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Stephen Dinsmore" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: "'Ross Silcock '" <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Sunday, December 22, 2002 6:16 PM
> Subject: RE: Snowy Owl near pond
>
>
>
> > Debra et al.-
> >
> >    The identity of the Snowy Owl near Baring in Knox County rests on the
> > general coloration, not the size of the bird. The largely all-white
> plumage
> > is indicative of an adult bird since juveniles typically show heavy dark
> > barring on the underparts, a contrasting white face, and heavy dark
> spotting
> > on the mantle and upperwings. Males tend to be paler than females, with
> > adult males being almost all-white. The Knox County individual shows
quite
> a
> > bit of faint darker spotting, particularly on the mantle, upperwings,
and
> > breast, and I believe this plumage is most indicative of an adult
female.
> > However, this is a bit subjective, and the bird could be some other age
> > and/or sex...
> >
> > Steve Dinsmore
>


Check out the below URL:
http://birds.cornell.edu/crows/snowy.htm

I am not seeing all the faint darker spotting on the Knox co, MO bird,
particularly the breast, but as stated, it's subjective.

Charlene Malone
Chesterfield, MO/St. L co.
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