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.Continue Reading
A breeding pair of owls communicates with one another through alternating hoots and shrieks, and baby owls emit a high-pitched screech when they are hungry. Owls also snap their bills aggressively in response to perceived threats and predators. Adult owls are known to shriek and scream when protecting their nests and their young.
The Great Horned Owl is the largest of the owl species and is the only predator of the skunk, due to the fact that skunks cannot spray upwards. The Great Horned Owl's diet consists of 80 percent rabbit, but it is known to feed on practically anything. These owls reside in crow's nests until their young hatch, typically in February or March. The Barred Owl is the second largest owl with a 3-foot wingspan and is the only owl species that is not completely nocturnal. The Barred Owl can be spotted immediately following sunrise as well as a few hours prior to dusk.Learn more about Owls
Superstitions, symbolism and folklore surrounding white owls vary depending on the culture that holds the beliefs; some white owl superstitions are that a white owl is a foreseer of death and a guide for spirits or white owl sightings are a gift and bestow intuition and foretelling of future events. Some white owl symbolism negatively associate the bird with death.Full Answer >
According to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, the barn owl has a relatively short lifespan of 2 to 5 years in the wild. According to the Barn Owl Trust, around 70 percent of barn owls die within the first year of life.Full Answer >
Foxes, jaegers, dogs, wolves and large birds are predators of snowy owls. Many owls are also killed by humans. Snowy owls are very protective of their young, swooping over the nest and attacking predators to insure survival of the species.Full Answer >
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 >