Posts tagged ‘Owl’

Why do owls turn their heads to look around?



Since an owl cannot move its eyes around like a person can, it has to turn its whole head in order to look in another direction.  Owls have many more vertebrae in their necks than people do.  The neck bones are so flexible, that an owl can turn its head almost all the way around.

All birds have flexible necks.  Even the little sparrow has twice as many vertebrae in its neck as a person has.  A flexible neck is important.  It enables the bird to look in all directions for danger, to catch food more easily, and to reach any part of its body with its beak.–Dick Rogers

Why do owls come out at night?


Owls are creatures that few people ever see.  This is because most owls, like many animals, are nocturnal in their habits—they are most active at night.  Most owls hunt at night because they feed on mice and other small creatures that are also nocturnal.  The owl is well equipped for night hunting.

It has large eyes and can see well in the dark. Its ears are so sensitive that it can hear a mouse scamper over the ground many yards away.  And its feathers are so soft that there is hardly a sounds as it swoops down to capture its prey in its talons.– Dick Rogers

Why is the owl considered wise?


The owl’s big staring eyes and thoughtful appearance have given it for reputation for wisdom but it is really no smarter than many other birds.

Owls are said to be very wise.  This old belief is probably due to the Owl’s appearance – and not because it is wiser than other animals.

The owl’s large, staring eyes and thoughtful air give the appearance that it is thinking very hard.  Actually, the “wise old owl” is really no smarter than many other birds.  Geese, crows and ravens are all smarter than the owl.

You can recognize an owl almost at once by its large, broad face with a ruff of feather around the big eyes that look straight out as a human being’s does.

The owl is more often heard than seen.  Most sleep by day and drift like shadows at night over meadows and woods, hunting for mice and other small prey.

The hooting call of the hoot owl is so well-known that most people believe that all owls hoot.

Not so!  Some kinds of owls have a shrill screech.  Others make whistling, wailing and rasping calls. – Dick Rogers


Is the wise old owl really wise?


Although its big, staring eyes make the own look like it is thinking very hard, it is really no smarter than other birds. 

Owls look wise because their big, staring eyes and thoughtful air give the appearance that they are thinking very hard.

Actually, the “wise old owl” is really no smarter that other birds.  In fact, geese, crows, and ravens re all smarter than the owl.

A person can recognized an owl at once by its large, broad face with a fur of feathers around the large eyes.

Unlike the eyes of most birds, the owl’s eyes are in front of its head and point forward.  But to see in another direction, the own must turn its whole head.

Persons walking around a perched owl are often amused at the way it seems in danger of twisting its head off while watching them.

The owl comes out at night to hunt for mice and other small creatures.  Its large eyes can see in the dimmest light.  But the owl does not depend on its eyes alone for hunting.

Its keen ears can hear the faintest sound and its cry startles small animals into revealing their location.  The owl’s soft feathers allow it to swoop down silently on its prey. – Dick Rogers