Published on Apr 14, 2017

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You can not see it as, other birds see, but of course you know it by the sound. Usually you can determine the owl by the “hoo” sound it gives off. The owl loved and feared throughout its history. The ancient Babylonians believed that when the owl hooted at night, it meant the woman was dying from childbirth. People from Hungary call the owl a bird of death. The ancient Romans believed that only seeing an owl would bring misfortune. Fortunately, everyone does not see the owl as a sign of fate. Buddhists saw the owl as a symbol of meditation; The Greeks considered the owl symbol of the Greek goddess Athena, who was the goddess of the night, the wisdom, and the liberal arts.

Owls are divided into two groups, the barn owls, and the typical owls. The oldest evidence of the existence of an owl is more than 30 million years old. Evidence shows that the giant owl once lived in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean region for over 10,000 years. The earliest owls were much larger then the today’s owls. There are more than 130 species of owls in the world. The Eurasian Eagle-owl is the largest, and the Elf owl is the smallest.

The size of the owl will vary, depending on the species, but what is strange for a large eagle owl is that females are larger than males. People are amazed at how owl can see in the night. Night vision of the owl is considered the best of all creatures. The problem is that the owls’ eyes are mostly flat and have very little movement. Because owls must turn their heads to move their eyes. Most Owls can turn their heads 270 degrees. Owls have great hearing, and they use their ears to help find prey that they can not see. The ear of the owls are not evenly lined up, and this helps owl to better determine where the sounds are coming from.


Owls usually reach sexual maturity when they are one year old, but large species may wait 2 or 3 years before breeding. Owls are born with an egg tooth, which they use to break out of their shells. Although owls are born blind, many of them are ready to fly, when they are two months old. Unfortunately, after the young learn how to fly, their parents will no longer support them.

Although owls are considered to be the creatures of the night, many species of owls also enjoy daylight.

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