Well as you can see, I am obsessed with owls. Particularly Barn, Pygmy, Elf, Great Gray, Burrowing, and Spotted Owls are my favorites. My favorite books are Guardians of Ga'Hoole series by Kathryn Lasky. They are about owls and that is how I got interested in owls. There is a movie coming out on September 24, 2010, and it's based on the first three books in the series. Enjoys the videos and polls!

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Owl Info

Here is all the information I know about owls. Click on a picture to see it larger, it won't bring to another website. I hope you learn something! (@v@)

How They Hunt and What They Eat

Owls are birds of prey meaning that they hunt for their food. They have extremely good hearing. When they hunt they depend of hearing, and although they have great sight in the dark, they don't use much of their sight when they hunt. Even from the air they can hear the heartbeat of a mouse low on the ground. When they capture a rodent they spiral down to where it is, kill it, go to a nearby branch and then swallow it whole. An owl's primary feathers are serrated like a comb so the prey doesn't know the owl is there.
Their first stomach does the digesting and then their second stomach, also called the gizzard, gathers up all the materials they can't digest -- fur, bones,and scales -- and packs it into a oval shaped pellet that is regurgitated, or "yarped," through their beak.They eat a variety of foods but about 80% of their diet are rodents. They eat animals like mice, rats, lemmings, frogs, fruit bats, voles, snakes, and foxes. They eat many kinds of bugs too -- like worms, crickets, centipedes, and beetles.

How They Build Their Nests and Take Care of Thier Chicks

Owls live in hollows or holes in trees and owl boxes. They usually build their nests from twigs and branches, then they pluck some down, soft fluffy feathers that keep them warm, from their breasts, stuff it in the nest and put some moss too. Both mother and father help in gathering the right materials needed for the nest.
An owl egg is usually round and white. Chicks, when hatched, are slimy and bald at first with heads that look to big for their bodies, and big, bulging eyes. When the chick hatches the mother is usually there while the father is out hunting for bugs that the chick(s) can eat. When the father comes back to the hollow the mother goes out and hunts and so on and so forth.

{ (@v@) BARN OWLS (@v@) }

Interesting Facts
     *Barn owls have the best hearing of all the owl breeds.
     *They can hear the smallest twitch of a mouse on the ground.
Description: The upper parts are light grey with numerous fine dark lines and scattered pale spots on the feathers. There are buff markings on wings and on the back. The underparts are white with a few black spots, occasionally none. Feathering on the lower legs may be sparse. The heart-shaped facial disc is white with a brownish edge, with brown marks at the front of the eyes, which have a black iris. Its beak is off-white and the feet are yellowish-white to brownish. Males and females are similar in size and color, females and juveniles are generally more densely spotted.

Size: Female: Length 34-40cm (13.5-15.5") Wingspan 110cm (43") Weight 570g (20oz)
Male:  Length 32-38cm (12.5-15") Wingspan 107cm (42") Weight 470g (15.5oz)


{ (@v@) ELF OWLS (@v@) }

Interesting Facts
     * Elf Owls are the smallest breed of owl being at 3-5" tall
     * They are extremely good at finding water in deserts
     * Elf Owls primary feather aren't serrated like a comb so they aren't that quiet when flying
Description: The Elf Owl is a tiny, short-tailed, owl of the arid southwestern United States and Mexico. They have round heads with no ear tufts. Plumage is brownish-grey overall, and is washed with white on the belly and cinnamon on the face. Cinnamon or buffy spots dot the forehead and wings. An irregular white stripe runs down the scapular feathers, with irregular white spots running along the outer edge of the folded wings. A broken white collar runs along the lower nape. Wings are relatively long, and the short tail is barred with 3 to 5 horizontal pale stripes. Feet and legs appear naked but are sparsely covered with bristly feathers. Eyes are pale yellow and are highlighted by thin white "eyebrows". The bill is grey with a horn-colored tip.
Juveniles are similar to adults but the crown is a uniform brown-grey without spots and the face greyer than adults without ruddy flecks.
Size: Length: 13-14.5cm   Wing Length: 10.1-11.2cm   Weight: 36-44g

{ (@v@) BURROWING OWLS (@v@) }

Interesting Facts
* Burrowing Owls have long featherless legs for digging burrows
     * Burrowing Owls live in burrows in the ground
     * These owls aren't so good in flying (plus their noisy) so they prefer to walk on their own two legs
Description: A small ground-dwelling Owl with a round head and no ear tufts. They have white eyebrows, yellow eyes, and long legs. The Owl is sandy colored on the head, back, and upper parts of the wings and white-to-cream with barring on the breast and belly and a prominent white chin stripe. They have a rounded head, and yellow eyes with white eyebrows. The young are brown on the head, back, and wings with a white belly and chest. They molt into an adult-like plumage during their first summer. Burrowing Owls are comparatively easy to see because they are often active in daylight, and are surprisingly bold and approachable. The females are usually darker than the males.

Size: Length 21.6-28 cm (8.5-11 inches) Wingspan 50.8-61.0 cm (20-24 inches)
Weight 170.1-214g (6-7.5 oz)


{ (@v@) GREAT GRAY OWLS (@v@) }

Interesting Facts
Great Grays are the largest breed of owl growing up to 3 feet tall!
Description: One of the World's largest Owls, the Great Gray Owl is dark grey overall interspersed with bars and flecks of light grey and white. When perched, they appear very bulky because of their dense, fluffy plumage, long wings extending past the body, a relatively long tail, and a large head. The size of the head, and the prominent facial disk make the yellow eyes appear small. A noticeable white "moustache" strip is under the facial disk, broken by a black "bow-tie". The feet are heavily feathered and remain hidden from view.

Size: Length 61-84cm (24-33") average 72cm (28") for females, 69cm (27") for males
Wingspan up to 152cm (60") average 142cm (56") for female, 140cm (55") for males
Weight 790-1454g (28-51oz) average 1,390g (49oz) for females, 1,290g (45.5oz) for males.


{ (@v@) NORTHERN SAW WHET OWL (@v@) }

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