Tundra Animals
Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl
Class: Aves: Birds Diet: Small mammals
Order: Strigiformes: Owls
Size: 52 - 65 cm (20 1/2 - 25 1/2 in)
Family: Strigidae: Owls Conservation Status: Non-threatened
Scientific Name: Nyctea scandiaca Habitat: tundra, marshes, coasts
Range: Circumpolar: arctic Canada, Greenland, Northern Eurasia

Size of Snowy OwlThe snowy owl is a large species with distinctive, mainly white plumage; females have more dark, barred markings than males. It usually hunts during the day and takes prey up to the size of arctic hares and lemmings, as well as smaller rodents and birds such as ducks and gulls.  The snowy owl begins nesting in mid-May. It makes a shallow scrape in the ground or on a rock, lines it with moss and feathers and lays 4 to 10 eggs. Up to 15 eggs may be laid if food supplies are particularly good. The male brings food to the female while she incubates the eggs for 32 or 33 days.

Range of Snowy Owl
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