Our Frosty Friend – The Snowy Owl

Snowy owls got their name from their white feathers. Their snow-white feathers help them blend into their habitat. Male snowy owls get whiter with age. The female snowy owls have brown markings on them.

Let’s discover more facts about our Frosty Friend the Snowy Owl.

Quick Facts About the Snowy Owl

  • Scientific Name: Bubo scandiaca 220px-Snowy_Owl_Barrow_Alaska
  • Size: Up to 28.7 inches (73 cm) in length
  • Weight: Up to4.4 pounds (1.9 kg)
  • Diet: Lemmings, other small rodents, birds, and fish.
  • Where it lives: Arctic grasslands
  • Threats: Wolves and arctic fox
  • Lifespan: Up to 9 years

Did You Know?

  • The snowy owl lives in open treeless areas called the “tundra.”
  • This bird is mainly found in the cold, northern regions of Canada. They can also live in the arctic tundras of Greenland, Scandinavia, and Russia.
  • Snowy owls are most active at dawn and dusk.
  • These birds also have long sharp claws on their feet. They use them to grasp prey.
  • These birds also have excellent hearing.
  • Female snowy owls can lay up to 11 eggs at one time in a nest built on the ground.

Baby snowy owls are born with soft fuzzy feathers called down. The babies are ready to fly at about six weeks old.

What do you think of the snowy owl? Give us a “hoot” in the comments section.”


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