Snowy owls eat mammals, such as rabbits and rodents, and other birds. The snowy owl swallows its prey whole when it eats and hunts during the day.
Snowy owls are nomadic, meaning that they follow their prey and choose living locations based on the movement of the prey. They are also quite protective of their nests, and attack anyone who comes close to or disrupts their nests. Snowy owls mate in May, and it takes approximately 32 days for the eggs to arrive. When the young snowy owl babies are born, the parents will take care of them for about 60 days, though they will find their own homes outside of their parent's nests after approximately 25 or 26 days.
The snowy owl is white in color, and it has a few brown spots or bars throughout its body. It has eyes that are yellow or gold colored. It has a brown or black nose that is sharp and pointed. The snowy owl is considered one of the largest owl species in North America with a length of 20 to 28 inches, and a height of up to 27 inches. Its wingspan is also quite large at 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 feet.Learn More
Owls communicate using a variety of sounds. The sound depends upon the species of owl, and most species have multiple calls. The call of a species differs depending on distance and intent.Full Answer >
Owls sleep in crevices, abandoned buildings, hollow trees or perched on the high branches of their habitat. Because they are nocturnal and known to be light sleepers, they are rarely found resting in areas frequented by humans during the day.Full Answer >
The largest owl in the world in terms of weight is the Blakiston's fish owl, a rare species found in Asia. The great gray owl is the longest owl. It weighs less than the Blakiston's fish owl.Full Answer >
Snowy owls of both sexes utter low, raspy hoots. They are often uttered two at a time but can be made up to six times in a row. These hoots are audible up to 7 miles away on the tundra and are sometimes answered by other owls.Full Answer >