Snowy Owl

Bubo scandiacus

Snowy owls breed on the Arctic tundra, where females nest on the ground and lay 3-11 eggs.

Characteristics: Average height is 20″-28″ with a wingspan of up to 5′. Average wight is 3.5-6.5 lbs. with the males tending to be smaller. Males are mostly white, while females have black flecks.

Lifespan: Wild: 8+ years Captive: 25+ years

Habitat: Treeless, open spaces. They often sit on the ground to hunt, so they prefer terrain where they can easily search for prey.

Range: During the breeding season, Snowy owls next in Alaska and Canada. In the winter, they travel into the northern U.S.

Diet: Carnivore The Snowy owl’s preferred meal is lemmings. An adult can eat up to 1,600 each year – that’s 3 to 5 each day! They will also eat other rodents, rabbits, birds, and fish.

Behavior: Unlike most other owl species, Snowy owls hunt mainly in the daytime. Snowy owls are highly nomadic and their movements are correleated to lemming populations. They aggressively defend their nests and will attack anything that disturbs them.

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