Arctic Fox and Snowy Owl Filmed Doing Strange 'Dance' loading...
Arctic Fox and Snowy Owl Filmed Doing Strange 'Dance'
Is it play or predation? Experts weigh in on a curious video of two Arctic denizens meeting on the snowy tundra.
Owl 'Swims' for Its Life in Rare Video loading...
Owl 'Swims' for Its Life in Rare Video
Hikers wading through a canyon captured video of an owl exhibiting the strange behaviour.
About Snowy Owl

The ghostlike snowy owl has unmistakable white plumage that echoes its Arctic origins.

These large owls breed on the Arctic tundra, where females lay a clutch of 3 to 11 eggs. Clutch size depends upon the availability of food, and in particularly lean times a usually monogamous pair of owls may not breed at all. Parents are territorial and will defend their nests against all comers—even wolves.

Fast Facts 

Status: Least concern

Type: Bird

Diet: Carnivore

Average life span in the wild: 9.5 years

Size: Body, 20 to 28 in (52 to 71 cm); wingspan, 4.2 to 4.8 ft (1.3 to 1.5 m)

Weight: 3.5 to 6.5 lbs (1.6 to 3 kg)

Group name:  Solitary

Did you know? Unlike most owls, which are nocturnal, snowy owls are diurnal—they hunt and are active both day and night.

Newsletter

Never miss a Nat Geo moment

Your email address
Submit