Owls are mysterious birds of prey. These unusual birds have captured the imagination for centuries. More than 200 species of owls are found all around the world. They make their home on every continent except Antarctica.
Facts about Owls
Here are some interesting facts about owls.
Elf Owl, the Smallest Owl in the World.
Blakiston's Fish owl.
A Parliament of Owls.
Owls - Tube Eyes.
Strigidae or True Owls.
Tytonidae or Barn Owls.
Characteristics of Owls
Owls Have Talons to Catch Their Prey.
Owls- Flexible Necks
Owls have soft plumage.
Most owls have piercing yellow eyes.
Owls are also known for their unique hoot.
Owls cannot move their eyes. If something is not straight in front of them, they have to turn their head to look at it.
They have hooked beaks.
Special Features About Owls
Although all species are different, owls have some common features.
Owls have a telescopic vision. They are 'far-sighted', meaning they cannot see the objects close to their eyes clearly but can see details at far distances.
Most birds flap noisily when they fly. Owls have soft plumage. Their feathers have special edges and velvety soft covering that absorb sound. It gives an owl the greatest advantage as a hunter: silent flight.
Owls- Soft Feathers
Many birds chirp and claw but owls hoot.
Owls have asymmetrical ears. It means that their ears are at different heights and different angles. This feature gives them the ability to pinpoint where their prey is.
They are nocturnal birds meaning that they are " active during the night".
Owls are nocturnal birds of prey with sharp talons, soft plumage and hooked beaks. They can swivel their heads in almost any direction. Owls are good parents. They stay with their babies and bring them food to eat.
Learning by Doing
Choose the correct answer
Most owls are nocturnal birds.
Which of the following features do owls have?
All of the above.
Which feature of the owls give them the greatest advantage as hunters?
None of the above.
Which is the smallest owl in the world?
Ans: Elf owl.
What is a group of owls called?
Ans: A parliament.
Name the two families of owls.
Ans: The two families of owls are: