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Two families

Owls are divided into two families, the Tytonidae and the Strigidae. 1)

Insects, mammals and fish

Most owls hunt insects, small mammals, and other birds, but some owl species hunt fish. 2)

Asymmetrical ears

Many species of owls have asymmetrical ears. Their ears are able to pinpoint the location of sounds in multiple dimensions. 3)

Eye tubes

Instead of spherical eyeballs, owls have “eye tubes” that extend far back into the skull which means their eyes are fixed in place so they have to turn their head to see something. 4)

No nests

Owls do not build their own nests. 5)

Incredible hearing

Owls are able to hear prey under leaves, plants, and snow. 6)

Bigger females

The female owl is more aggressive and larger than the male. 7)

No chewing

Owls cannot chew their food because they have no teeth. They use their beaks to tear their food apart. 8)

No pets

In the United States and most other countries, it is illegal to keep owls as pets. 9)

Fluid intake

It is quite rare to see an owl drinking water, but it can be seen bathing in it. 10)

Representatives of Athena

In ancient Greece, owls represented Athena, the goddess of wisdom. 11)

Bad omens

The Romans were terrified of owls and thought they were bearers of bad omens. 12)

Protected the spirits of the dead

The Egyptians believed that owls protected the spirits of the dead while traveling to the underworld. 13)

Feed the strongest

The parents always feed the oldest and strongest owl before its siblings. This means that if food is scarce, the youngest chicks will starve. 14)

Variety of habitats

Owls live in a variety of habitats from forests to suburbs and can be found on every continent on the planet except Antarctica. 15)

owls.txt · Last modified: 2021/11/23 02:39 by aga