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
Owls have been used in various artistic, mythological and literary traditions to symbolize concepts such as wisdom, magic, nighttime, protection and awareness. For example, the Greek goddess of wisdom, Athena, was often seen accompanied by owls.Full Answer >
Snowy owls can normally be found in Canada, Russia, the northern parts of the United States, Greenland, Iceland, northern China, the United Kingdom and the Scandinavian countries. They breed in the Arctic circle and travel into the southern parts of their overall range during the winter.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 >
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 >