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.


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