Thursday, December 9

Facts about Owls

Owl Facts 

We are on the letter Oo of the gratitude alphabet! O is for Owl. 

What are you thankful for that begins with the letter O?

The word Owl begins with the letter O. Did you know that there are over 200 species of owls in the world? Owls can turn their heads while rotating their neck 270 degrees without injuring themselves. Owls can even turn their heads upside down.


Facts about Owls:

1. Owls have big, fixed eyes. They can’t move their eyes in the sockets, and they have three eyelids. Owls are farsighted, which means they can’t see things that are near to them, and they have binocular vision. Owls also have amazing night vision.  They are capable of seeing about a mile away from themselves. Owls are nocturnal.

2. Owls are carnivores. They eat small to medium-sized animals, insects, and fish.

3. A group of owls is called a parliament. Adult owls are referred to as either male or female owls. A baby owl is called an owl. Female owls are usually more significant than the male owls.

4. The smallest owl in the world is called the Elf Owl. An Elf owl weighs around 1.5 ounces. It is around 5 and a half inches tall.

5. The Bubo Blakiston owl, also known as the Blakiston's fish owl, is the largest in the world. It can weigh up to ten pounds and be as tall as 28 inches. The Blakiston’s fish owl is also one of the rarest owls in the world.  

6. Owls have a total of four talons on each foot. Three talons point to the front and one to the back. One of the three front talons can rotate and point to the back.

7. Most owls sleep (roost) on branches in trees. They can sleep in hollow trees, vacant buildings, and well-hidden spots. Owls sleep around 10 to 12 hours a day.

8. Owls make sounds to communicate with other owls. Not all owls hoot. Some owls can screech, caw, whistle, chirp, scream, or growl.


What is your favorite type of owl?


Books about owls:

1. Owls (Amazing Animals) by Valerie Bodden

2. Owl Kids Coloring Book by Jackie Fluffy

3. A Little Owl on a Big Adventure by Carol Finkelstein

4. The Barn Owls by Tony Johnston

Parents, be sure books are child-friendly before reading them to your child/children.

Get your Owl coloring/worksheet here:

O is for Owl

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