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.