Snowy Owl Drawing: Step 6

Snowy Owl Drawing

Need to instruct a beginner how to draw a snowy owl drawing?

Grab some art supplies and follow along with these easy 6 drawing steps. You’ll learn the basics for drawing a snowy owl.

This lesson only takes about 20 minutes and has a PDF near the bottom of the lesson you can easily print or download. The pdf guide even contains a coloring-book-like page with just the line art. This goes well with crayons, colored pencils, or markers. This is ideal for very young kids in the need of extra guidance and are looking to shade in a snowy owl.

Learning to draw is much more fun when you have a easy to understand lesson to follow. Keep practicing!


  • Pencil
  • Drawing Paper
  • Crayons or Colored Pencils
  • Black Marker (optional)
  • Snowy Owl Drawing Printable PDF (see bottom of lesson)
Snowy Owl Drawing: All Steps

This step by step lesson will teach you how to draw a snowy owl. We will draw attention to the shapes of each part and variety of lines drawn ensuring that the drawing looks right.

Time Needed: 20 minutes

  1. Outline The Body

    Snowy Owl Drawing: Step 1

    Using your pencil, draw an oval shape that will be the base of the snowy owl’s body.

  2. Draw The Wings

    Snowy Owl Drawing: Step 2

    Create the bird’s wings on the right side of the body. Remember that it will overlap on the oval shape.

  3. Add The Tail

    Snowy Owl Drawing: Step 3

    Then, draw a long tail under the wings. It will also overlap a bit on the body.

  4. Draw The Head, Eyes, And Beak

    Snowy Owl Drawing: Step 4

    The snowy owl’s head shape is like our thumb. Make sure to connect the head to the body just like in the sample. Next, draw two big eyes inside the head. After that, draw the v-shape beak under its eyes.

  5. Add The Feet

    Snowy Owl Drawing: Step 5

    Do not forget to draw the snowy owl’s feet under the body. It has huge claws.

  6. Complete The Drawing

    Snowy Owl Drawing: Step 6

    The snowy owl has spots all over its body. The base color for the bird is white. Do not be afraid to put some shadows to make the drawing lively.

Snowy Owl Drawing PDF Download

Click the link below to view or download this drawing lesson. The PDF is a printable drawing lesson for Snowy Owl Drawing. The last page of the downloadable PDF includes a coloring book page with just the outlines and an extension exercise for prompting kids to get creative!

Beautiful Snow-White Owls

Snowy owl’s are also known as snowies or arctic owls. This is because they mainly live in the Arctic regions of the northern hemisphere.Not only that but they also live in cities like Toronto which is one of their favorite spots to hunt prey like pigeons! Recently one was even spotted in New York City!… this was rare indeed.

They are one of the few birds that can live in this region because they have a few special adaptations to help them survive.

The snowy owl has several adaptations that allow it to be able to live in the harsh environment of the Arctic Circle. It has dense plumage which helps keep it warm, feet with scales on them for gripping ice and claws which act like ice picks when it needs to recover from sliding down an icy slope.

Their main diet consists of lemmings and other rodents such as voles which is why they often fly to those regions during their migration. They can also be found living in some Northern US states such as Montana and Wyoming.

Snowy owls can have a wingspan that measures about four to five feet. They are about the size of a large crow. The females will weigh up to 3 pounds more than the males do on average because they have more fat for insulation during their long migrations.

The Hunter in the Cold

The snowy owl is one of the few animals who are able to survive the cold. They mainly live in tundras located in the Arctic. They perch themselves on the ground or on small posts, hunting for prey like small rodents, small birds, young rabbits, and fish.

snowy owl flying

These birds that are as white as snow rely on their excellent eyesight to hunt prey in the cold expanse of the Arctic. They also rely on their hearing when prey is burrowed underneath snow or hidden under thick foliage.

closed up photo of a snowy owl

The male snowy owls are white in color while the females are coated with brown feathers. These birds are the heaviest of all North American owls. Female snowy owls are also larger in size than their male counterparts.

two snowy owls

The Life of a Snowy Owl

Unlike most owls that sleep during the day and hunt in the night, the snowy owl is the complete opposite. This species of owl is active in daylight, especially at dusk and dawn. This feeding behavior is especially true  during the summertime.

snowy owl on a rocky coast

The snowy owl usually only pairs once and mates for life. They lay around 3 to 11 eggs at a time on nests built on the ground. The number of eggs the snow owl lays is dependent on the abundance of food found in the area.

snowy owl resting

The eggs of a snowy owl hatch in about a month. Once hatched, the newborns leave the nest in less than a month. They learn how to fly in about 1 and half months but are still taken care of by their parents for around 10 or more weeks.

baby snowy owl

Interesting Facts about the Snowy Owl

The hollow fibers that make up their insulating feathers trap any light it absorbs, keeping the snowy owl nice and toasty. They’re even able to use heat they’ve collected from the day prior to keep themselves warm during the next.

snowy owl on a stone

The snowy owl has a large appetite! They’re main diet is a small rodent species called lemming. They eat about 4-7 of these each day which totals to about 1400 lemmings in just a year.

Snowy owls are known to produce different sounds depending on the situation. When threatened or faced with danger, the bird will hiss or bark. In contrast to that, the snowy owl also hoots or coos when looking for a mate.

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