9 years wild. 28 years Captivity
2.4 feet. 4.5 pounds
- Because Snowy Owls require more insulation than most owls, they possess extra feathers, making them the heaviest owl species in North America.
- Their feet are also covered in feathers to help keep them warm in the Arctic climates.
- Male Snowy Owls are completely white, While females possess a dark bar pattern on their feathers.
- Unlike most owls that are nocturnal. Snowy Owls are diurnal.
Snowy owls are mostly white. Males are almost completely white while females possess brown bars and spots. They have golden color eyes and dark colored bills. They are among the largest owl species of North America. Unlike most other owl species, snowy owls hunt mainly in the daytime. Snowy owls are highly nomadic and their movements are tied to the abundance of their primary prey species, lemmings. They are known to aggressively defend their nests and will attack those that disturb their nests. Their diet consists of mostly mammals, from rodents to large hares, and occasionally smaller birds.
Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves Order: Strigiformes Family: Strigidae Genus: Bubo Species: B. Scandiacus