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Owls are intriguing birds that easily capture the attention and curiosity of birders. These facts may help clear up a bit of their mystery and reveal what a hoot owls really are.

Many owl species have asymmetrical ears. When located at different heights on the owl’s head, their ears are able to pinpoint the location of sounds in multiple dimensions. Ready, aim, strike.

The eyes of an owl are not true “eyeballs.” Their tube-shaped eyes are completely immobile, providing binocular vision which fully focuses on their prey and boosts depth perception.

Owls can rotate their necks 270 degrees. A blood-pooling system collects blood to power their brains and eyes when neck movement cuts off circulation.

A group of owls is called a parliament. This originates from C.S. Lewis’ description of a meeting of owls in The Chronicles of Narnia.

Northern Saw-whet Owls can travel long distances over large bodies of water. One showed up 70 miles from shore near Montauk, New York.

Sleeping like an angel - Photo Credit: Gilles Bousquet

Photo Credit: Gilles Bousquet

Photo Credit: Gilles Bousquet

Photo Credit: Gilles Bousquet

Photo Credit: Gilles Bousquet

Skating moves on the ice. Photo Credit: Gilles Bousquet 




Responses to "Perfect Timing Pics: Awkwardly Cute Moments With Owls."

  1. so cute, so sweet. great pictures.

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