Snowy Owl in Winter

a snowy owl on snow in winter
Snowy owl. Photo by Zdeněk Macháček on Unsplash

Appearance: Snowy owls are large owls about 20-30″ long with round heads and thick feathering throughout their body. Although much of their body is white they also sport black and brown markings throughout. The males are much whiter than the females.

Winter Diet: Snowy owls will eat a variety of food including lemmings, Arctic hares, mice, ducks, and seabirds. They’ll swallow the smaller prey whole.

Winter feeder food: They do not visit feeders.

Winter habitat: Snowy owls spend winter throughout Canada and a few northern US states including Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and New England. During winter they prefer to be near lake and ocean shorelines but are also seen in farmers’ fields and open areas.

Range Map

Snowy owl range map.
Snowy owl range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.