- Weight1,5 – 3 kg
Favourite food: Lemmings
Adult owls eat three to five lemmings a day. They are basically wanderers, moving south when prey is scare in the far north. In winter or in the event of population crashes among lemmings, snowy owls migrate as far south as Central Russia, Central Asia and northern USA.
Patient hunters of the north
Snowy owls often perch motionless for hours on a tree branch or rock. Neither rain nor snow affects their watchful gaze. They only seek cover from bright sunlight. From their high perch, they can quickly detect both prey and danger, and react accordingly.
Snowy owls have specially adapted feathers that enable near-silent flight
Hellabrunn Zoo participates in the European Endangered Species Programmes