Two predators of the snowy owl are falcons and foxes, but the greatest danger is humans who may hunt the snowy owl for trophies or food, according to the University of Michigan's zoology department. Other threats to snowy owls include dogs, gray wolves and other birds, such as the skua.
Male snowy owls defend the open nest, which is on the ground, nearby, while females care for the eggs and young. However, both male and female snowy owls attack any threats by swooping and diving. Snowy owls can also fake an injury by dragging a wing on the ground and leading the predator away from the nest.Learn More
Like all birds of prey, owls are carnivores. Most live by hunting small mammals such as hares, rats and mice, but they are also known to catch and eat other birds. Very small owls, such as the elf owl, feed mostly on insects.Full Answer >
The main animals that eat owls include foxes, cats, birds of prey like eagles and sometimes other foraging animals such as raccoons. Owls tend to be at the top of the food chain, and the bigger ones especially tend to have few predators. Other owls sometimes kill owls, but usually over disputes for territory and not as food.Full Answer >
Owls sleep in crevices, abandoned buildings, hollow trees or perched on the high branches of their habitat. Because they are nocturnal and known to be light sleepers, they are rarely found resting in areas frequented by humans during the day.Full Answer >
An owl pellet is the regurgitation of undigested material after an owl has had a meal. By examining an owl pellet, ornithologists can find out about the diet of an owl.Full Answer >