Snowy Owl


Snowy Owl

Scientific Name

Bubo scandiaca


Young owls, especially males, get whiter as they get older. Females are darker than males, with dusky spotting, and never become totally white. 

Snowy owl pairs usually mate for life. Female snowy owls lay from 3 to 11 eggs at a time. Unlike many birds, this owl prefers to nest on the ground.

Their legs and toes are heavily feathered to protect them from the harsh weather in cold arctic regions.


A snowy owl's diet consist with rabbits, rodents, birds, and fish.

Size Fact

They have a wingspan of up to 3 feet. 

Food Fact

An adult owl may eat around three to five lemmings each day - that's 1,600 lemmings a year!

Fun Fact

Snowy Owls are diurnal - they hunt both in the day and at night. 

IUCN Red list

They are marked as Least Concern on the IUCN List. 

Where do I live?

Snowy owls can live in the Arctic regions of North America and Eurasia year-round. The snowy owl, who is the official bird of Quebec, Canada,
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