Friday, 22 February 2013

The Beautiful, Mystical Owls

The Beautiful, Mystical Owls
Beautiful OWL
Beautiful OWL

Fun Owl Facts

  • The owl is the only bird with human-like, forward facing eyes.
  • An owl has 14 vertebrae in its neck (we have 7) and can turn its head 270 degrees!
  • The collective noun for a group of owls is a parliament.
  • Owls have very keen far-sighted vision, but cannot see clearly a few inches in front of them. They have filoplumes, small, hair-like feathers on their beak and feet they use as “feelers”.
  • The leading edge on their flight feathers called “flutings” or “fimbriae” are serrated or fringe-like, which muffles the sound of air rushing over them, giving owl’s silent flight.
  • Owls mate for life.
  • There are over 200 species of owl, ranging from the Elf Owl that stands just over 5 inches tall and the Eagle Eurasian Owl with a wingspan of over 6 feet.
  • In many cultures the owl is considered a powerful spirit guide.

Fun Barred Owl Facts

  • During courtship, males display by swaying back and forth and raising their wings while sliding along a branch.
  • Their eggs are white and almost perfectly round.
  • Parents care for their young for at least four months, much longer than most other owls.
  • At birth they covered in white, fluffy down and their eyes are closed for a week.
  • When baby owls first leave the nest, they crawl out using their beak and talons to sit on branches. They are called “branchers” and stay there for 35-40 days.
  • Their eyes are dark brown. Most owls have yellow eyes.
  • They live in old forests near marshes and ponds.
  • They have white barring on their chests and vertical barring on their bellies, hence their name.
  • They are the most vocal of all owls.


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