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Pictures of Snowy Owls, Snowy Owl Information

Snowy owl


Snowy owl

Snowy owl

Snowy owls


Snowy owls
Snowy owls

Snowy Owl


Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl Pictures, Facts, and Information (Nyctea scandiaca).

 

Snowy owls are a much larger owl than the barn, at 20-27 inches tall. The male is mostly all white with dark spots speckled over its body and bars on its short tail.  The females is also predominantly white, but has extensive amounts of dark bars covering her body. Both sexes have yellow eyes. The official bird of Quebec, the snowy owl is the only all-white owl.

The snowy owl can be found in the wild in the Arctic tundra. In the winter they come down into Canada and northern Europe and occasionally come down into the northern United States as well. These birds usually draw attention as they perch out in the open and are not a common site in these parts. These birds are common in their range and are not endangered, possibly due to their remoteness most of the year.

Snowy owls hunt during the day. They feed on small mammals (watch your rat terriers!), fish and birds. These owls have 1 brood of 3-11 eggs per year. They do not breed every year.

While all owls hunt at night, this owl will also hunt during the day. It needs to given the unique light cycle of the northern regions that it inhabits--long periods of endless daylight during the summers.

The snowy owl has a circumpolar range, which means it lives in northern North America, Europe, and Asia.