Learn About Snowy Owls with Our Fun Quiz!

What is the primary prey species of snowy owls?

a) Lemmings and other small rodents
b) Marmots and other medium-sized mammals
c) Snow buntings and other songbirds
d) Carrion—dead animals

Answer: a) Lemmings and other small rodents. Snowy owls eat primarily lemmings and other small rodents, such as mice and ground squirrels, whenever such prey is available. They are known to take rabbits, songbirds, ptarmigan and waterfowl, waterbirds, such as murrelets, and even fish! They have been known to eat carrion, but only rarely.

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