The owl is regarded as a wise creature in a variety of mythologies. Its most famous designation as a wise creature in Western culture comes from Aesop's Fables.
Owls are associated with intelligence, but they are actually not as intelligent as some other birds. These birds are better known for their sharp senses, which help them identify prey and give them good night vision.
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.
Like many other birds, owls achieve flight by flapping their wings. Owls, however, have a special adaptation that allows them to fly nearly silently and take prey by surprise on dark nights.
Adult owls do not typically fall prey to other animals as sources of food, although owlets and owl eggs are eaten by foxes, cats, bobcats, coyotes, raccoons and American black bears. Some other animals that eat nestlings or eggs include opossums, crows and ravens. In so...
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.
Some owls, such as the Great Horned Owl, are able to catch and eat cats as well as very small dogs. As cats are not an owl's preferred food, however, such incidents are rare.