Photo Credit: Glen Tepke
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Bubo scandiacus
Snowy owls only have one brood per year and usually do not re-nest if failure occurs. Females lay an average of 5-8 white eggs but can lay as many as 14 if lemming and vole populations are high. These eggs are laid at two day intervals and are incubated by the female for 32-34 days. The male hunts food and guards the nest while the female is incubating the eggs. After the incubation process the eggs hatch at two day intervals which can lead to large age differences when large clutches are present. The young are solid white and depend on both the male and female to feed them initially. Snowy owls are very territorial when young are present and are known to attack intruders up to .6 miles from the nest location. Young are able to leave the nest after about 25 days but do not fledge until 50-60 days.
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