FEATHERY FRIDAY# 35
We haven’t featured an owl in a while, so we traveled to the grasslands of Africa to find a very cute and little owl with exceptional talons! Get your sunscreen because this little owl hunts during the day!
MEET THE PEARL SPOTTED OWL!
Diet: Carnivore: mice, bats, insects
Length/Weight: 6 ½-8”/ 1 ¾- 5 oz
Conservation Status: Common
- Pearl Spotted Owls are one of the smallest owls in Southern Africa.
- They are mostly diurnal (active during the day).
- Pearl spotted owls have two false eye marks on the back of their heads. These markings confuse and deter predators.
- They have very strong talons that enable them to catch prey that is larger than them.
- Both female and male Pearl spotted owls incubate the eggs and take care of the chicks.
- Check out their call!
These little owls are super neat! And you thought all owls were nocturnal didn’t you? Our bird friends just never cease to amaze us with their diversity!