Snowy Owls

Our class bird is the snowy owl. Can you share any interesting facts about them with the class?

26 comments on “Snowy Owls

  1. anna.mcgrory says:

    Did you know that snowy owls hunt lemmings? They mainly due this during the day (rather than at night like other nocturnal owls). Their local numbers are high when the lemming population they prey on is high and lower when the lemming population is low.

  2. neil.macey says:

    Wow, an amazing fact! Thank you for sharing

  3. Hello, I have found a very interesting fact. Did you know that the oldest snowy owl ever known was banded in Massachusetts in 1988 and found again in Massachusetts in 2004? It was at least 16 years, 8 months old.

  4. neil.macey says:

    A great fact Daniel! You are the first student to make a comment. Take a house point!

  5. Snowy owls swallow their prey, such as lemmings, whole!

  6. Did you know that snowy owls are native to Arctic regions in North America and Eurasia

  7. Owls are amazing creatures they have better eye sight then us and are really fast and can also see in the dark which is really good so they can hunt they feed on pests I think.owsl can also be fly but it’s hard for them to because it’s hard at first.

  8. Snowy Owls are diurnal, which means that unlike most other owls they are active and hunt during the day and night.
    The diet of Snowy Owls consists mainly of lemmings. They are known to sit and wait for their prey and spend most of their time perched still and silent on prominent lookouts.
    Lemming populations are cyclic and in years when lemming populations are down Snowy Owls often leave the arctic regions and fly south in search of food. Because of this, about once every four years Snowy Owls are found as far south as the northern and central United States.
    An adult Snowy Owl can eat three to five lemmings per day, or up to 1,600 per year.
    The feathers of Snowy Owls have no pigment, leaving more space for air which helps them to keep warmer because air is such a good insulator.
    Their legs and toes are heavily feathered to protect them from the harsh weather in cold arctic regions.
    Snowy Owls often hang out at airports, perhaps because the wide open spaces remind them of the tundra.
    Although Snowy Owls have few predators, they still have to be watchful of arctic foxes, wolves and other animals during the nesting season. Males defend the nest by standing guard nearby while the female incubates the eggs and broods the young. When a predator approaches both parents will dive-bomb (even wolves!) and try to distract them away from the nest.
    The Snowy Owl is also known as the Arctic Owl or Great White Owl.

  9. I think that the snowy owls were really beautiful and I have never seen anything like that.

  10. Hi mr Macy I found something about there diet.Snowy owls mainly eat mammals, ranging from small rodents to large hares. They are also known to eat birds ranging in size from small songbirds to medium-sized geese and lemmings. An adult owl may eat around three to five lemmings each day (1,600 per year).?

  11. Snowy owls live in North America

  12. Did you know
    Snowy owls are mostly white with narrow, sparse brown bars and spots. Their golden colored eyes are rather small for an owl and their toes and claws are thickly covered with feathers. Their dark colored bills are short and strong and sharply pointed. They are among the largest North American owl species.

  13. Snowy owls was one of the many bird species originally described by linnaeus in the landmark 1758. very interesting

  14. Unlike most other owl species, snowy owls hunt mainly in the daytime. Snowy owls 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.

  15. did you know Snowy Owls do a lot of sitting. They sit still in the same spot for hours, occasionally swiveling their head or leaning forward and blinking their big, yellow eyes to get a closer look at something. When they hunt, they use extraordinary vision and hearing to draw a bead on their prey—maybe a vole scurrying beneath the snow—and then fly, or even run, over to pounce on it. If successful, they’ll down the rodent headfirst in a single gulp. On their breeding grounds, male Snowy Owls execute a fascinating mating display. First the male rises into the air with exaggerated wingbeats in an undulating flight, holding a lemming in his bill or talons. Then he descends to the ground with wings flapping or held in a “V.” He drops the prey on the ground, stands erect, then lowers his head and fans his tail as the female approaches. To defend his territory from another Snowy Owl, a male lowers his head and sticks it forward, extending his wings and raising the feathers on his neck and back to seem bigger. To defend against other species, Snowy Owls have been known to dive-bomb and strike at humans. Once it was reported that a Snowy Owl attacked a pair of arctic wolves.

  16. 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

  17. Snowy Owls are mostly white because they live in cold places, but if they are under a warm sun they turn brown. Just as cute! Just like most birds, a Snowy Owl can turn it’s head all the way around (360) without moving its body!

  18. Although snowy owls have few predators, the adults are very watchful and are equipped to defend against any kind of threat towards them or their offspring. During the nesting season, the owls regularly defend their nests against Arctic foxes, corvids and swift-flying jaegers; as well as dogs, gray wolves and avian predators. Males defend the nest by standing guard nearby while the female incubates the eggs and broods the young. Both genders attack approaching predators, dive-bombing them and engaging in distraction displays to draw the predator away from a nest.This powerful bird relies primarily on lemmings and other small rodents for food during the breeding season, but at times of low prey density, or during the ptarmigan nesting period, they may switch to favoring juvenile ptarmigan. They are opportunistic hunters and prey species may vary considerably, especially in winter. They feed on a wide variety of small mammals such as meadow voles and deer mice, but will take advantage of larger prey, frequently following traplines to find food. Some of the larger mammal prey includes hares, muskrats, marmots, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, prairie dogs, rats, moles and entrapped furbearers. Birds preyed upon include ptarmigan, other ducks, geese, shorebirds, pheasants, grouse, coots, grebes, gulls, songbirds, and even other raptors, including other owl species. Most of the owls’ hunting is done in the “sit and wait” style; prey may be captured on the ground or in the air, or fish may be snatched off the surface of bodies of water using their sharp talons. Each bird must capture roughly 7 to 12 mice per day to meet its food requirement and can eat more than 1,600 lemmings per year. Unlike most owls that hunt at night, snowy owls are diurnal and hunt during the day and night.Snowy owls, like other carnivorous birds, swallow their small prey whole. Strong stomach juices digest the flesh, while the indigestible bones, teeth, fur, and feathers are compacted into oval pellets that the bird regurgitates 18 to 24 hours after feeding. Regurgitation often takes place at regular perches, where dozens of pellets may be found. Biologists frequently examine these pellets to determine the quantity and types of prey the birds have eaten. When large prey are eaten in small pieces, pellets will not be produced.Snowy owl calls are varied, but the alarm call is a barking, almost quacking krek-krek; the female also has a softer mewling pyee-pyee or prek-prek. The song is a deep repeated gahw. They may also clap their beak in response to threats or annoyances. While called clapping, it is believed this sound may actually be a clicking of the tongue, not the beak.

  19. The Snowy Owls are relatively long-lived owls that are thought to usually live to more than 10 years of age in the wild and there are records of captive birds reaching 28 years old.

  20. Hi did you know that Snowy owls weigh about 3.5 to 6.5 lbs ?

  21. Did you know the snowy owls’s scientifc name is Bubo scandiacus?

  22. Owls sounds like nice birds. I enjoyed it when the owl came in, it was exciting and I wasn’t expecting the owl to come in.

  23. Hi did you know that snowy owls mostly have golden eyes and their eyes are rather small for a owl?Also their toes and claws are thickly covered in feathers.

  24. Snowy owls weigh 2kg

  25. Snowy owls like snow.

  26. There are one of the biggest owl species in North America true fact!

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