What is certainly great camouflage in their winter range is not very useful in the summer. This owl was easy to see from 200 yards away on St George island. Snowy owls (Bubo scadiacus) inhabit the Arctic tundra as well as northern open grasslands. Diet consists mainly of small mammals and birds. Females are slightly larger than males, average height 26 inches, average wingspan 60 inches, average weight 3.5 pounds. Males are nearly pure white, with up to 3 rust colored bands on the tail. Females have rust colored bars on chest, belly, back and wings.