Snowy owls cannot move their eyes. To see their surroundings, snowy owls rely on their highly flexible necks which are able to turn up to 270 degrees in either direction.
The Owls Perch
Snowy owls are primarily tundra birds although they sometimes inhabit grasslands. They venture into forests only on very rare occasions, if ever. During the winter, snowy owls often migrate southwards and are sometimes seen along coastlines and lake shores.
Although snowy owls can reach a speed of 80 km/h (50 mp/h), they are generally more known for their silent flight rather than their high speed.
Snowy owl have a large assortment of common names that include Arctic owls, great white owls, ghost owls, tundra ghost, harfang, Scandinavian nightbirds and highland tundra owl.
Snowy owls rely on their hearing and great vision to help them find prey.
Kicking Up Snow
The breeding range of the snowy owl is circumpolar, ranging across the northern regions of Greenland, Scandinavia, Alaska and Canada.
Snowy owls use their talons to snatch prey.
Like other horned owls, snowy owls have ear tufts but they are small and usually kept tucked away.