Snowy Owl By:Joycelin
Snowy Owl are mostly white with narrow, sparse brown bars and spots. Their golden coloured eyes are rather small for an owl and their toes and claws are thickly covered with feather. Their dark coloured bills are short and strong and sharply pointed. They are among the largest North American owl species.
Facts • Height : Up to 27 inches • Length: 20-27 inches (wingspan of 4-5 5-5 feet.) • Weight 40-70 ounces makes smaller than females. • Lifespan: The oldest snowy owl living in the wild was recorded to be 9 years and 5 months. A captive snowy owl lived for at 28 years
Diet • Snowy Owl mainly eat mammals, ranging from small rodents to large hares. They are also known to eat birds ranging in size from birds to medium-sized geese and lemmings. An adult owl may eat around 3 to 5 lemmings each day (1600 per year ).
Population • Their local numbers are high when the lemmings population is low.
Behavior • Unlike most other owl species, snowy owl hunt mainly in the day time. Snowy Owl are highly nomadic and their movements are tied to the abundance of their primary prey species, lemmings. They are known to aggressively defend their nests and will attack those that disturb their nests
Reproduction • Mating season: May • Gestation: About 32 days for eggs incubation. • Clutch Size: Varies depending on availability and 7-11 when food is plentiful.
Only female incubate the eggs. The male provide the female and young with food. The young owls begin to leave the nest around25-26 days after hatching. They are not able to fly well until at least 50 days of age. They continue to be fed by the parents for another 5 weeks after they leave the nest.