Owls and Nature
Owls are a central part of Papa Owl’s life and world. The Owl is a very special bird and creature.
10 Useful Facts about Owls
- Owls have very sharp hearing and able to move their heads in the direction of the softest of sound.
- Owls can turn their heads 270 degrees
- The feathers of owls are soft and fringed, so they can fly nearly silently.
- Owl feet are able to grip both prey for food and branches to perch on.
- The biggest owl in the world is the Blakiston’s fish owl or Bubo blakistoni, found in eastern Russia and some Asian countries, such as China and Japan. The biggest owl in North America, on the other hand, is the great grey owl.
- A group of owls is called a parliament. There are other collective nouns in use for groups of owls, including flock, but parliament is the most frequently cited word.
- Most owls only come out at night because they use this time to hunt for their prey. Owls hunt for small animals such as mice, insects and birds, which come out of hiding and are more active in the dark. In order to stay alive, all owls must learn to become quick, skillful hunters.
- 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. A well-used metaphor in English language is wise as owl.
- The Barn Owl is the most common in Owl across the World. It is referred to as the common barn owl, and to distinguish it from other species in its family. The Tawny and Barn Owls are the most common in United Kingdom.
- It’s a little-known fact that the classic ‘twit twoo’ owl call is actually made by two owls, not a single bird – one calls ‘twit’ while the other replies ‘twoo’.