White owls symbolize both wisdom and darkness. The Celtic people believed that the owl was a sacred animal.Know More
The owl, whether white or another color, has the dual symbolism of darkness and wisdom, with the darkness referring to evil and death. Owls are assumed to be perceptive because of their wise qualities and nocturnal lifestyles. (Night can symbolize both darkness and awareness).
The owl is also thought to be symbolic and representative of perception. Perception is related to the ability to see what is happening around you, and it is thought to be perceptive because of its wise qualities and its nocturnal lifestyle (the owl is most active at night and night symbolizes both darkness and awareness).
Owls are not only most active at night, but they are also able to see through the dark and to fly without noise so that they can easily catch prey. The Navajo Indian tribe believed that the owl was the way to enter into the supernatural world and to learn about the spirits found on earth. The Pawnee Indian tribe believed that the owl was the "Chief of the Night" and would protect the tribe from evil spirits.Learn more about Owls
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 >
Owls communicate using a variety of sounds. The sound depends upon the species of owl, and most species have multiple calls. The call of a species differs depending on distance and intent.Full Answer >
Because owls eat their prey whole, they require a special digestive system consisting of a two-chambered stomach: the glandular stomach and gizzard. When an owl eats its prey, the prey first passes into the glandular stomach, where acids and enzymes begin to break down its fat, muscles and internal organs.Full Answer >
Owls are carnivores; they are not omnivores. Owls mostly feed on small mammals such as rabbits and rodents as well as birds and insects. Some owl species focus on fish. The snowy owl loves lemmings and may consume more than 1,600 per year, or three to five daily.Full Answer >