SNOWY OWLS IN THE SNOW

snowy owl The ghostlike snowy owl has a very pale complexion. These large owls breed on the Arctic tundra, where females lay a clutch of 3 to 11 eggs.

Young owls, especially males, get whiter as they get older. Females are darker than males, with dusty spotting, and never become totally white. Some elderly males do become completely white, though many retain small flecks of dusty spots.

The snowy owl is a patient hunter that perches and waits to identify its prey before soaring off in pursuit. Snowy owls have keen eyesight and great hearing, which can help them find prey that is invisible under thick vegetation or snow cover.

A snowy owls’ preferred meal are lemmings. An adult may eat more than 1,600 lemmings a year, or three to five every day. The owls supplement their diet with rabbits, rodents, birds, and fish.

These magnificent owls sometimes remain year-round in their northern breeding grounds, but they are frequent migrants to Canada, the northern United States, Europe, and Asia. Lemming availability may determine the extent of southern migration when owls take up summer residence on open fields, marshes, and beaches.

Snowy owls are an amazing bird and I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it.

 

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