Owls are birds with keen eyesight, sharp talons, and a special type of feathers that allow them to fly quietly. They are, indeed, excellent hunters. Owls are most active at night, but can be seen during the day. Owls live in barns, trees, old buildings, and tunnels. Owls hunt mammals, including mice, rats, other birds, and many other small animals. Some owls even hunt other owls. Owls swallow their prey whole but regurgitate the teeth, fur, and bones in what is known as a ‘pellet’.
Owls see the same way humans do, but they have 3 eyelids: one for blinking, one for sleeping, and one for keeping those peepers clean! Owls eyes are locked into place, so their necks make up for that. Owls are popular because of their ability to turn their heads 270 degrees. That’s almost completely around….which can be creepy!
Owls come in a variety of colors, and each owl is adapted to living in a particular environment. This gives them the ability to camouflage. There are more than 225 species of owl in the world. Some cultures worshiped owls, and considered them a symbol of wisdom. Other cultures considered owls to be evil, or represent death.