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Male snowy owls are completely white, while females have the darker spotting on their bodies. They tend to hunt for food by day, and wait on a perch before descending to catch their prey. Their favorite is lemmings, but they will take down rabbits, voles, squirrels, song birds, and even geese.
They’re the heaviest owls in North America, weighing between 3.5 to 6.5 pounds (compared to barn owls that weigh between 0.5 to 1.5 pounds) and have an expected lifespan of about 10 years. They’re also very territorial and will even go up against wolves to defend their area.
Where do they live?
They spent their summers in the Arctic, but will venture down to Southern Canada and the Northern U.S. during the winters. They inhabit mostly flat, open lands covered in snow where they can blend in. These guys definitely love the cold – they can survive in temperatures as low as 40 below zero.
Do they face any threats?
While Snowy Owls tend to live in remote areas away from human activity, that doesn’t mean they don’t face threats. They are considered of “least concern” currently, but the impacts of climate change have the potential to destroy the habitats they thrive in right now.
So it’s important to keep an eye on how they’re doing and protect them from any impact we can.