Close Up Owl

Like hawks and eagles, owls are called raptors or birds of prey, which means they use sharp talons

and curved bills to hunt and kill. owls have huge heads, stocky bodies, soft feathers, and short tails.

Owl’s eyes face forward as humans do. Most owl species are nocturnal animals. There are about

250 species of owls in the world and live everywhere but Antarctica. Owls are part of a group of

birds called Strigiformes. Owls spend much of their time hunting for food. Most Owl species are

carnivores

(meat-eaters). Owls hunt in many ways. One hunting technique is called perch and pounce in this

hunting style owls perch on a tree until they see their prey, then fly down on

it grab it and kill it. ''In addition to attacking silently, snowy owls have keen eyesight and great

hearing to help find their prey.'' Nat Geo WILD from youtube. Owls sometimes hide their food.

They capture prey and use their bill to carefully stuff the

food into a hiding spot. Owls do this when the hunting is good in order to stock up and will

usually, go back for the prey within a day or two. Winter is mating time for most owls. Male owls begin seeking mates by calling through the afternoon and evening air. Owls are talented hunters, but they are not good nest builders. Many owls take advantage of the nests built by other animals instead of building their nests from scratch. Often before they can fly, owls leave the nest and hide in the surrounding nature. Owl mating rituals involve hooting, and once paired, a single male and female will remain together through the breeding season and some species stay together for an entire year some stay paired for life. Owls can be very territorial, mostly during the breeding season. Mother owls lay between 1 and 11 eggs over a few days. Female owls are slightly larger than male owls. Owls eat only fresh food like mice gerbils, rabbits, and other small mammals. An owl can live for more than 30 years.

Fun Facts Owls
  • There are around 200 different owl species.

  • Owls are active at night (nocturnal).

  • A group of owls is called a parliament.

  • Most owls hunt insects, small mammals and other birds.

  • Some owl species hunt fish.

  • Owls have powerful talons (claws) which help them catch and kill prey.

  • Owls have large eyes and flat faces.

  • Owls can turn their heads as much as 270 degrees.