Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53822

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Strigiformes
Family:Strigidae
Genus:Nyctea
Genus species:Nyctea scandiaca

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:52-65 cm
Weight:1.6-1.7 kg
Identification:The snowy owl has mostly white feathers with dark-barred markings, and females tend to have more barring. The owl has a black bill, feathered feet, and black tail bands.
Habitat:Tundra, marshes, coasts
Diet:Carnivore: mammals, small rodents, birds
Reproduction:Snowy owls start nesting in mid-May. The exact number of eggs laid by the female depends on the availability of food sources, but most lay 4-15 eggs. Incubation lasts 32-33 days and the chicks are fledged by 60 days. In the wild, snowy owls live up to 9.5 years. Their lifespan is much longer in captivity: 35 years.
Snowy owls are usually found in pairs. Sometimes large numbers appear when their prey populations have crashed in the Arctic.
Behavior:These are diurnal birds.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:A snowy owl can swivel its head 270 degrees. The main predators of this species are arctic foxes, wolves, skuas, and jaegers.

Other Information

Geographic:Northern North America
Northern Europe
Northern Asia
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Snowy owl
raptor
owl
Strigidae
Nyctea
Owls
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Birds of prey
Predatory animals