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Can Owls Fly?



Owls CAN fly.

No matter which state you live in, you are likely to encounter an owl from time-to-time. These birds are found in the Arctic region, in the country, and in tropical forests. Owls are equipped with special feathers that help them fly soundlessly during hunting.


An owl’s body is designed for hunting. Large eyes help these birds to see well at night, which is their primary hunting time. Owls also have ears that help them determine the direction of sound. Even an owl’s feathers serve a purpose. Each feather has a velvet fringe that helps muffle sound, making it difficult for predators to hear them coming. Owls also have strong wings that serve as brakes when hunting for food.

Food Sources

Most owls feed on prey that is easy to catch such as field mice and other rodents. Salamanders, frogs, snakes, insects, beetles, rabbits, hawks and skunks are also food sources for these hunters. Some owls will even go fishing for fish, crabs and crayfish. After swooping down on its prey, owls return to their perch to eat the meal. Owls have special digestive enzymes that help them digest their prey. Everything but the fur and skeleton is consumed. Owls cough up the remains that cannot be digested.



“Owl Adventures.” National Audobon Society. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Dec. 2012.

“Species Profile for Northern Spotted Owl (Strix Occidentalis Caurina).” US Fish and Wildlife Service. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2012.¬†

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