The largest owl in the world in terms of weight is the Blakiston's fish owl, a rare species found in Asia. The great gray owl is the longest owl. It weighs less than the Blakiston's fish owl.
Blakiston's fish owls can weigh up to 10 pounds and can have a wingspan of more than 6 feet. They can measure more than 2 feet long. Great gray owls, which are found in parts of North America, Europe and Asia, can be up to 33 inches long.
Russia, Japan and China have populations of Blakiston's fish owls. These owls hunt salmon for food. Little research has been done on them, because their small population and shy temperaments make it difficult for scientists to observe them.Learn More
The owl is not an herbivore. Owls are carnivores and hunt their prey, which consists mainly of insects, amphibians, reptiles, rodents and other small mammals. Owls are capable of killing animals that are larger than them.Full Answer >
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 >
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 >
Cultures throughout history have viewed owl sightings differently, with some believing that they are reminders to rely on personal wisdom and others that they are harbingers of death, sickness or general misfortune. The Greeks believed that owl sightings were a sign of good fortune. Ancient Greeks portrayed the goddess Athena, who was known for her wisdom, as being accompanied by an owl much of the time.Full Answer >