A group of owls is officially called a parliament. Some people refer to a group of owls as a brood, diss, nest, looming or wisdom.Know More
There are around 200 species of owls in the world today. Most are solitary creatures that prefer living alone. Most owls are nocturnal and hunt small mammals, other birds and insects. They live on every continent on Earth except Antarctica. Owls have adapted to be stealthy hunters and their feathers help them blend in almost flawlessly to their surroundings. When an owl eats, it only digests the meaty parts of its prey and throws up the indigestible parts, such as feathers, fur and bones.
The talons and beak of an owl are the strongest parts of its body. It uses these parts to crush the skull of its prey and some smaller species like the burrowing owl isn't quite as strong as other, larger species.
The largest owl species is the Eurasian eagle owl. This species can grow to be around two feet tall and weigh close to 10 pounds. The smallest owl species is called the elf owl. This owl only grows to a maximum height of around 5.7 inches and weighs around 2 ounces.Learn more about Owls
Like many other birds, owls achieve flight by flapping their wings. Owls, however, have a special adaptation that allows them to fly nearly silently and take prey by surprise on dark nights.Full Answer >
The great horned owl is one of the most commonly seen owls; it lives an average of 13 years in the wild or 38 years in captivity. There are over 170 individual owl species, and each one has a separate lifespan.Full Answer >
Owls make a hooting sound to communicate and claim their territory. Hooting typically takes place during the evening hours. The Great Horned Owl and the Hoot Owl are the only two species of owl that emit the hooting sound. Additional sounds made by all owl species include hissing, screaming and screeching.Full Answer >
Owl weight varies among species but most adult owls weigh between 1.5 ounces and 9 pounds. Elf owls, the smallest owls in the world, reach a very short height and weigh much less than the largest owl breed, the Eurasian eagle owl. In the United States, common Barn owls range in weight from just 8 ounces to over 3 pounds, while larger snowy owls maintain adult weights of 3.5 to 6.5 pounds.Full Answer >