Happy Owl-O-Ween everyone! Today on Halloween we are talking owls! Those gorgeous birds of the night with their haunting calls can send chills up the spine, but we know these birds of prey are amazing! So on this Owl-O-Ween we’ll share some reasons why we love them so!
Owly Fun Facts:
- There are 216 species of owl. They live on every continent except Antarctica.
- Owl ears are not symmetrical. This helps owls hear “all around” them.
- All owls are carnivores. They swallow their prey whole and then throw up the undigested parts. These thrown up parts are called owl pellets.
- Owls have two front facing toes and two back facing toes. This helps them grasp branches and prey.
- Like other birds of prey, most female owls are larger than males.
- Humans have 7 vertebrae in their necks, owls have 14! They can turn their heads 270 degrees.
- Owl eyes are so large they take up most of their brain cavity.
- Owls have special feathers that help them keep silent while they fly.
- Baby owls are called owlets.
- A group of owls is called a parliment.
- The smallest owl is the Elf Owl and the largest is the Eurasian Eagle Owl.
- Not all owls hoot. Some owls screech.
Owls are one of favorite kinds of birds. These majestic birds with their gorgeous camouflage feathers and their wise old faces have captured the hearts of humans for centuries. They have been worshiped and feared and written about over the years. We can certainly see why they are so popular!