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.Continue Reading
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
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 >
White snow owls are large owls with white plumage that live in the tundra areas of Alaska, Canada and Eurasia. They are also known as Arctic owls, snow owls or great white owls.Full Answer >
Screech owls emit an even-pitched trilling sound when communicating with family members and other screech owls, as well as a wailing sound when defending their territory. It is common for the wailing sound to follow the trill.Full Answer >
Snowy owls are found in the Arctic and female owls, like the females of many birds of prey, are bigger and heavier than males. The male has lighter plumage, and some older males are almost all white. Because of this, Hedwig, Harry Potter's owl, was played by a male.Full Answer >