Snowy owl

Bubo Scandiaca

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IUCN Conservation Status –
Least Concern
Extinct In The Wild
Class: Birds
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae

Our pair snowy owls can be found over near the Tarzan Trail.

Snowy owls are native to Arctic regions in North America and Eurasia. They inhabit open tundra and can also be found in coastal dunes and prairies, open moorland, meadows, marshes, and agricultural areas.

They feed on a wide variety of small mammals such as lemmings, meadow voles and deer mice, but will also take advantage of larger prey.

Interesting facts!

  • Snowy owls are one of the heaviest among all owls due to their thick coat.
  • The feathers of Snowy owls are very soft making their flight silent. It is very helpful when hunting because these birds are able to approach prey without being noticed.
  • Adult males are almost pure white with black flecks on the tips of their wings. Female snowy owls, although predominantly white, have dark marking scattered through their bodies and wear a crown of black markings on the feathers on their head.

Conservation

One of the biggest threats snowy owls face may be climate change, which could lead to habitat loss and a decrease in prey. During migration and winter, they also face threats from collision with cars, wind turbines, and airplanes.