Facts About Owl

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  • Its two eyes together weigh about 25.7 grams (almost an ounce), more than the eyes of a 200-pound human.
  • Owl necks are longer and skinnier than they look.
  • There are around 200 different owl species.
  • The color of owl’s feathers helps them blend into their environment (camouflage).
  • Owls can see in the daytime. Their pupils don’t get as small as ours in bright light, so to block out the extra light, they often close their eyes half-way or more. They may look sleepy or even half asleep when really they are wide awake and alert.
  • A Great Horned Owl weighs about 3 ½ – 4 pounds.
  • Owls don’t have eyeballs. The eyes are long and shaped more like a tube. Owl eyes can’t turn in their sockets because of this shape.
  • Owls have powerful talons (claws) which help them catch and kill prey.
  • Owls can turn their heads as much as 270 degrees.
  • Barn owls can be recognized by their heart shaped face.

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