There are many owl stuffed animals at the Jeannie's Cottage Aviary. We have Snowy Owl stuffed animals made by Wild Republic, and the Stuffed Animal House. In addition to all these Snowies, we have a large selection of other owls including the Great Horned Owl stuffed animal, the Barn Owl stuffed animal, the Grey Owl stuffed animal, the Eagle Owl stuffed animal, the Barred Owl Webkinz, the Spotted Owl stuffed animal, the Elf Owl and more. We also include some educational information. Check the Aviary Index to find all these owls and also check the Gift Shop.
The Snowy Owl, Nyctea scandiaca, of the family Strigidae, is a large (length: 24 inches, wingspan: 4 feet 7 inches) white owl with rounded head and yellow eyes. Dark bars and spots are heavier on females, heaviest on young birds. Old males may be pure white. The Snowy's habitat is open country: tundra, dunes, marshes and fields, plains. Snowy Owls show little fear of human activities, and so it is not uncommon to see one perched on the roof of a building or on a highway sign beside an airport.
The owls are usually silent in winter, but on their breeding grounds they hoot, whistle, rattle and bark. The nest, found on the ground, is lined with feathers, mosses and lichens. There the female lays 5-8 white eggs. In order to withstand the harsh northern winters, Snowies are densely covered with feathers all the way down to their toes.The prey is chiefly lemmings (but Snowies also take hares, ptarmigan, shorebirds, small ducks, and other birds, as well as some fish). They hunt by day during the Arctic summer, as well as at night.
The Snowy retreats from the northernmost part of its range in winter. In years when the lemming population plummets, Snowies may wander in winter as far south as northern Alabama, Oklahoma and central California. These irruptives, usually heavily barred younger birds, are often highly visible, perched conspicuously on the ground or on low stumps, fence posts and buildings. Snowies breed in northern Alaska and in northernmost Canada. They winter south throughout Canada into the northern United States, irregularly farther. They are also found in Eurasia.