Tundra, marshes and coasts.
Mainly lemmings but also arctic hares, small rodents and certain birds.
Unlike other owls, the snowy owl rarely hunts during the hours of darkness; instead, it seeks its prey during the day, especially in the early morning and evening. The male is almost all white with just a few darker specks on his body. The female is larger, heavier and more heavily marked with dark bars on her upperparts, breast and belly.
They lay 3-11, smooth, glossy white eggs during May in shallow scrapes in the ground or in rocks. The male feeds the hen, while she incubates the eggs for 32-33 days. The young are born with thin, white feathers but soon get a second coat of sooty, black feathers.
The main threat to this owl is hunting.
This species has legal protection in some areas.
- Latin Name: Bubo scandiaca
- Class: Birds
- Order: Strigiformes
- Family: Strigidae
- Conservation status: Vulnerable
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