Tuesday, February 28, 2017

True Facts

From https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Barred_Owl/id

12 TRUE FACTS ABOUT THE OWL (Channeling Morgan Freeman):

A baby owl is called an owlet.

The most common owl in RI is the barred owl.  That’s barred with a double “R”, not to be confused with Shakespeare and our Shakespeare in the Park and Roger Williams National Park.  I think heard a screech owl there.

A group of owls is called a Parliament.  Kind of what Canada has.  I want to move to Canada…

Owls borrow other birds’ (or even squirrels’) nests in the winter to lay eggs.

Owls are raptors and hunt prey, crushing it in their strong talons, swallowing their prey whole, and coughing up a pellet of fur, feathers, and bones.

Owls are zygodactyl, with two talons in the front and two in the back, and can exert 500 lbs.of pressure per square inch.  Do not shake hands with an owl.

Some owls bob their heads to better locate prey through sound.  This is called the night moves.  Okay, it’s not.

The great horned owl’s “horns” are feathers, not ears. 

Owls can’t move their eyes.  Instead, they turn their heads up to 270 degrees, kind of like the child in the Exorcist movie.

Most owls have asymmetrical ear holes.  Asymmetrical ear holes.  No, that’s not a Ska band.  No.  Put one hand over your ear.  Now put your other hand somewhere else.  That’s how an owl do, to triangulate the location of prey.

Throwing food out your car window kills owls.  Rodents and other animals go into the road for the food, and the owl swoops in, and…  Owlsare not Batman.

Owls are not the fastest raptors, but they have specialized soft feathers that make them the most silent.  Silent is deadly.

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