Snowy owl

Birds

Snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus)

Gifts for his sweetheart

In the arctic tundra, snowy owl fe- males only have sex with their partner if he feeds her lemmings. However, this behaviour does not indicate greediness. Lemmings are the main food source for snowy owls. Every three or four years, these prey animals are very scarce. In these years, the male only catches few lemmings and eats them himself. During such a year, he would not be able to find enough food for the chicks. Therefore, no offspring are produced, as they would starve anyway.

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Category: Birds

Size: Beak tail 53-65 cm; Wingspan 125-150 cm

Breeding duration: 32-33 days

Age: 28 years

Sexually mature: at 2 years

Reproduction: 4-8 eggs

food: Lemmings and other small mammals, birds, rarely fish, insects, including carrion

habitat: arctic tundra, meadows and wet meadows, heath, moor, salt marshes, sandy coasts

Danger: not threatened

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