Hi everyone! So I’ve recently been interested in Owls. Yes, those big-eyed birds that are always sleeping in the morning. My son loves reading storybooks with Owls. Oh, I don’t know why. He just loves them. And I know that I have got to prepare for those never ending questions that will pretty much burst out of my son sooner or later. So I have decided to come prepared and I want to share what I found out and oh my goodness, they are interesting.
- Owls can turn their necks 135 degrees in their direction giving them 270 degrees total movement.
- Owls have eye tubes (tubular eyes) that go far back into their skulls instead of eyeballs which means that they have to turn their heads to be able to see, hence, the 270 degrees total movement.
- Owls are far-sighted for them to spot a prey from afar especially since they are nocturnal. Up close, everything is blurry and they only depend on the little feathers on their beaks and feet to feel their food.
- Owls have extremely awesome hearing. They can hear their prey under leaves, plants, dirt, and snow. Some owls even have sets of ears around their head. Other owls have flat faces but with special feathers that focus on sound.
- Owls are silent flyers. You can barely hear anything.
- Owls swallow their prey whole depending on the size. They digest it and whatever can’t be digested, like fur or bones, are then compacted which turns into pellets that they then throw up.
- Owls have owl-on-owl predation. This is said to be the reason why other species of owls have decreased in number.
- Owls feed their strongest babies first. This really sounds unfair to me, but that’s how they really are.
- Owls are experts at camouflage.
- Owls make terrifying hissing noise when they feel threatened and it sure sounds like something from a horror movie.
- The smallest owl is the Elf Owl. Well, the name says it.
- Burrowing Owls, one of the few that are active during daytime, hunt dung beetles, their favorite food, using dung. Ugh! Imagine the smell.
- Owls are natural pest control for farmers. They eat rodents and gophers. Other farmers have nesting boxes for owls in hopes that owls will get rid of the rodents and gophers on their farm.
- Owls symbolizes learning and knowledge because in Ancient Greece, the Little Owl was the companion of the Greek goddess Athena who is the goddess of Wisdom.
- Owls are both a symbol of victory and death in ancient times.
- Owls normally get along with us, humans. But they also attack humans when they feel threatened.
I’ve been learning a lot of things that I was never interested or even bothered about during my student years. And I am not at all in any form of regret. For the record, I am grateful! Do you know of other facts about owls? Let me know.