Even very young children can identify an owl, probably due to their forward facing eyes. In spite of that, most owl species are very mystical and elusive. Did you realize that there are around 29 species of owls?
In this article I will cover a few of these. Over time I will add more species, so please check back as I work my way through them. I've already written about the Great Horned Own, the Snowy Owl and the Northern Saw Whet. Other's I hope to include in the future are: The Western, Wiskered, Pacific and Eastern Screech-Owls, the Barn Owl, the Flammulated Owl, Spotted Owls, various Pygmy Owls, the Burrowing Owl, the Long-eared Owl and perhaps more.
By eating large numbers of rodents and insects owls are helpful to farmers who don't want these pests. It's a win/win situation for the farmer to have an owl on the farm.
Did you know this trivia - The Chinese phrase for owl is mao tou ying and is translated “cat-headed hawk”.
Some of the body parts all owls have in common are their talons, of course, their beaks wings and enormous forward facing eyes. Some of them have ears that are at different levels (one high and one low) which help them to locate their prey. All owls are meat eaters.
Did you realize that owls have 14 neck bones as opposed to our human neck which has only 7 bones in the neck. That may explain why they can turn their heads 280 degrees.
I want to thank Scott Manwaring who took the intro photo of the Snowy Owl.
Are you a fan of owls? If so what's your favorite?
It's time for owls to build nests and lay their eggs.
I think Owls are one of the most beautiful creatures on the planet, ,they fascinate me and now I know a thing or two about owling...
I have seen only a small number of owls. My best sighting was when I exited my house one evening and a barn owl swooped past me. Roughly the same time there was the hooting of a long eared owl, though I saw it not. One good sighting was early morning on a train through Wales when I spotted a tawny owl hunting in a shady railway cutting.This was a rare sighting of an owl in what is technically daylight.
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Owls seem to be very popular now. I have a great memory from childhood when I used to love wandering around in the woods and it was safe to do so. One quiet day I looked to my left and at eye level "hidden" in the branches and leaves close to the trunk of a tree was a very large owl...it was looking at me, but remained very very still and quiet. I remember it as being large and brown. It was just one of those moments that stick with you through life.
I've always loved the Great Horned Owl too. But there are many others to explore.
My favorite is the Great Horned Owl. They are common where I live in the Arizona desert. Informative article, thanks.
Probably biology based. Thanks for the visit.
I enjoyed this. Interested that snowy owls breed only in Barrow, Alaska (in the US). I guess their camouflage doesn't serve them well elsewhere. There are other snowy places :) though, so it's a mystery why they prefer Barrow :)