Snowy Owl

AnimalSnowy Owl
Scientific NameBubo scandiaca
Lifespan10 years
SizeBody: 50.8 – 71.1 cm
Weight1.5 – 2.9 kg
Conservation statusLeast concern > Near threatened >
Vulnerable > Endangered >
Critically endangered > Extinct in the wild >

Snowy owls, also known as the white owl and the arctic owl, are a large species of owl that can be found in the arctic tundra in Eurasia and Arctic areas of North America.


Unlike many other owl species, the snowy owl is active both day and night time. To hunt, they simply wait on the ground for prey to appear and then charge and attack. They have good hearing, which allows them to know when prey are buried in the snow. Their usual diet is lemmings.

Generally, the owls migrate to The United States or Canada, at times crossing over the Atlantic Ocean to travel between Russia and Canada, once it’s winter. But this isn’t always the case. There are times when they just stay in the arctic for the whole year.

Mating & Young

Arctic owls are monogamous, meaning they only have one mate at a time. They breed in the tundra, where a clutch of three to eleven eggs is laid. The parents are very territorial when it comes to defending the eggs.

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