Owl Fact of the Month
- In the beginning of The Capture, baby Soren finds himself grounded, pushed out of the nest by his evil older brother.
In nature, owlets often find themselves grounded in the process of testing their wings. Many young birds lose their footing during these first explorations and fall to the ground. A grounded chick may look lost and vulnerable, but chances are, its parents know exactly where it is, and will continue to feed and care for it. Also, many young birds are quite capable of climbing back into their tree using their beaks and talons.
If you find a grounded owlet, don't panic. If the chick is not obviously injured, or in immediate danger from vehicles, people or predators, the best thing to do is just walk away quietly and let nature take its course.
- The word Owl comes from the Old English word
ule, meaning, “to howl”, referring to the sound an
- It’s believed that there are about 140 different kinds
of owls living around the world.
- There are two different types of owls. Owls with a round
face are Strigidae (STRI-juh-dee) Owls. Owls
with heart shaped faces are Tytonidae (Tie-TON-ih-dee)
- The smallest owl is the elf owl. It is 5 inches (12.5 cm)
- The largest owl is the great gray owl. It is 33 inches
(82.5 cm) long.
- The male owl is usually smaller than the female.
- Owls have very flexible necks that allow them to turn almost
all the way around. Owls can even turn their heads upside
- Owls usually swallow their food whole, head first. When
an animal is too big to swallow, the owl shreds it with its
- Owls cannot chew or grind their food. They cough up what
they can’t digest in pellets. The pellets usually contain
fur and bones from their prey.
- Large owls live longer than small owls.
- Owls are raptors. Raptors are birds of prey, meaning they
are hunters that eat meat.
- Most owls are nocturnal (knock-TURN-ul) and hunt
- An Owls eyes are about the size of a human eyes. Owls
can change the focus of their eyes and see great distances.
- At night the pupils of owls eyes get bigger. This allows
more light to enter their eyes, giving them incredibly good
vision at night.
- In many owls one ear is higher than the other. The higher
ear hears sounds from above, and the lower ear hears sounds
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