Snowy Owls by: Elisa

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Snowy Owl’s!!!

These large owls breed on the Arctic tundra, where females lay a clutch of 3 to 11 eggs. Clutch size depends upon the availability of food, and in particularly lean times a usually monogamous pair of owls may not breed at all. Parents are territorial and will defend their nests against all comers-even wolf.

Young owls, especially males, get whiter as they get older. Females are darker than males, with dusky spotting, and never become totally white. Some elderly males do become completely white, though many retain small flecks of dusky plumage.

The snowy owl is a patient hunter that perches and waits to identify its prey before soaring off in pursuit. Snowy owls have keen eyesight and great hearing, which can help them find prey that is invisible under thick vegetation or snowcover. The owls deftly snatch their quarry with their sharp talons.

A snowy owl’s preferred meal is lemmings—many lemmings. An adult may eat more than 1,600 lemmings a year, or three to five every day. The birds supplement their diet with rabbits, rodents, birds, and fish.The regal Snowy Owl is one of the few birds that can get even non-birders to come out for a look.

Well, here are some picture’s of Snowy Owl’s!Snowy!


2 Responses to “Snowy Owls by: Elisa”

  1. Justin says:

    Dear Elisa,
    These birds are definitely a beautiful species and I am glad that you informed me about them. There was a Snowy Owl in Harry Potter, it’s name was Hedwig! I was wondering if there is different types of Snowy Owls. Is there? Anyways it is crazy that they eat about 1,600 Lemmings a year! I guess you just don’t realize how much one thing adds up. These seem like a species that would be going extinct. Are they going extinct? Oh well, I definitely hope they aren’t!

  2. clairebobcat says:

    Dear Elisa,
    Thank you for writing this post. I am very interested in owls, and it is always nice to learn more. I think the most interesting fact was that adult owls eat more than 1,600 lemmings a year! It is also good that you are interested in animals. Is the snowy owl your favorite animal?

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