Explore #11 on Sunday, June 28, 2009
One of the most beautiful birds in the world.....& there are over 150 different species of owls
Owls can rotate their heads three-quarters of the way around. They cannot move their eyes from side to side but have extremely flexible necks and can move their heads rather quickly - thus the illusion of a complete turn.
Owls see perfectly well during the day, and exceptionally well at night.
Owls have the best hearing of all birds. Their ears are located on the sides of their heads and are hidden by feathers. The so-called “ear-tufts” on the top of the head aid in camouflage and recognition between individuals and have nothing to do with hearing.
If you hear an owl calling, consider yourself fortunate…. even more fortunate to observe one in the wild.
Owls are predators - they catch, kill and eat other animals in order to survive. This predation is neither cruel nor wasteful and has been going on for millions of years. It seldom upsets anything except perhaps a few people. An owl killing and eating another animal is no different from a robin eating a worm or a gull eating a fish.