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About the Snowy Owl

Also known as: Arctic Owl, Great White Owl

The Snowy Owl is a large white owl with yellow eyes. Adult males are almost completely white, but females and young birds have some dark scalloping. It is typically found in the northern polar regions and spends the winter south through Canada and northernmost Europe and Asia. There have been reports of Snowy Owl as far south as Texas, southern Russia and even the Caribbean.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 04 June 2009
Scientific Name Bubo scandiacus
  • Strigiformes
  • Strigidae
  • Bubo
  • B. scandiacus
Birdorable Family Owls
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 29 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
20 to 26 inches
50 to 60 inches
56 to 105 ounces
Range East Europe North Europe Central Asia East Asia North America United States (West) United States (East) Arctic

International Names

  • Sovice Sněžní (Czech)
  • Sneugle (Danish)
  • Sneeuwuil (Dutch)
  • Tunturipöllö (Finnish)
  • Harfang des Neiges (French)
  • Schnee-Eule (German)
  • Civetta delle Nevi (Italian)
  • シロフクロウ (Shirofukurou) (Japanese)
  • Snøugle (Norwegian)
  • Sowa śnieżna (Polish)
  • Белая сова (Russian)
  • Búho Nival (Spanish)
  • Fjälluggla (Swedish)

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