Snowy Owl

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 04 June 2009
Scientific Name
Bubo scandiacus
  • Strigiformes
  • Strigidae
  • Bubo
  • B. scandiacus
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
20 to 26 inches
50 to 60 inches
56 to 105 ounces


International Names

Czech (Cesky) Sovice Sněžní
Danish (Dansk) Sneugle
Dutch (Nederlands) Sneeuwuil
Finnish (Suomi) Tunturipöllö
French (Français) Harfang des Neiges
German (Deutsch) Schnee-Eule
Italian (Italiano) Civetta delle Nevi
Japanese (日本語) シロフクロウ (Shirofukurou)
Norwegian (Norsk) Snøugle
Polish (Polski) Sowa śnieżna
Russian (русский язык) Белая сова
Spanish (Español) Búho Nival
Swedish (Svenska) Fjälluggla
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