What is the primary prey species of snowy owls?
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.