Snowy Owl

Bubo scandiacus

The largest owl (by weight) in North America. When food is scarce during winter in Canada, Snowy Owls will fly south looking for food. This is known as an ‘irruption’ and many will be found far south of their usual hunting grounds.

Species information:

Length: 27”
Wingspan: 4.5 to 5.5 feet
Weight: 3.5 to 4.5 pounds lbs

Plumage: Mostly white with some dark bars.

Habitat: Tundra, an airport field or beach dunes. They prefer rolling terrain so they can view their territory.

Flight: Snowy owls sit for many hours at a time. Diving flight going after food.

Vocalization: Low, raspy hoots. Hissing in defense.

Food: Lemmings or waterfowl.

Nesting: Nests on the ground Usually 3 – 11 eggs that hatch in about 32 days. Leave nest in 5 weeks but takes about 10 weeks before flying well. Parents will help feed young for at least 9 to 10 weeks.