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snowy owl

Scientific Name: Nyctea scandiaca

Habitat: Arctic tundra, grasslands

Diet: lemmings, small mammals

Life Span: 10 years (35 years in captivity)

Young: 7–10 eggs/clutch

Size: 1.1–2.3 kg (2.5–5 lbs) 

In autumn, snowy owls leave the Arctic tundra and migrate south to places like Alberta. Unlike most owls, snowy owls hunt during the day because they have adapted to living in the 24 hours of sunshine during an Arctic summer.

Adult male snowy owls are almost pure white, while females have light brown spots on their plumage.

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Snowy owl on Animal Diversity Web



Range: northern, Arctic

Status in the Wild

Status: thriving

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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