The owls are part of the family Strigiformes, which include about 200 birds of prey. Most are solitary, and nocturnal, except for some like the Burrowing owl. Owls hunt mostly small mammals, insects and other birds, though some specialize in hunting fish. Owls are found in all regions of the Earth except Antarctica, most of Greenland, and some remote islands. Living owls are divided into two families: the typical owls, (Strigidae) and the barn-owls, (Tytonidae).

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Could a Falcon eat a owl?

A falcon may eat a small owl, but this would not happen frequently because owls are nocturnal and falcons are diurnal (Daytime-active)


Is an owl a vertebrate or an invertebrate?

All birds, including owls, are vertebrates because they Back bones/Spines
An owl is a vertebrate. A vertebrate is an animal of a large group distinguished by the possession of a backbone or spinal column, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fishes


Do owls eat grain?

Owls do not eat grain as they are carnivorous and eat other animals. Small owls eat bugs like grasshoppers and cockroaches, and larger ones eat mice, rabbits, and bats.

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English to Arabic

What is the Arabic phonetic translation for 'owl'?

Owl = بومة = Booma.


Is an owl a fowl?

No. Owls are predatory, nocturnal birds. Fowl is usually a word for two types of birds, gamefowl or landfowl (Galliformes) and the waterfowl (Anseriformes). Owls are of the order Strigiformes.

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What kind of tree does a long eared owl live in?

oak tree

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Why rabbits are afraid of owls?

because it is their natural instinct to run away from them and they are their preditor

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Who is smartest owl or eagle?

eagle, they have serious parallel senses


Do owls have green eyes?

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Why do owls howl?

Owls do not howl, they hoot.

Owls make a variety of sounds, depending on species. The barred owl, for example does hoot, but also makes sounds similar to a dog's howl, even bark like sounds. The saw whet owl makes a bell like sound over and over til it sounds like a trilling bell.

Edit: Barred do not make sounds similar to barking nor howling.


Do desert eagle owls live in Libya?

yes if they can travel it is possible

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English to French

What is a female owl called in french?

une chouette


or 'un hibou'

Chouette and Hibou are two distinct species of birds of prey.
They can be distinguished by the presence of a feather on the head. (a Chouette has no feather on its head).
So , the answer Franc91 gave is not "ornithologycly" (I like inventing words) correct.
Actually, French do not make the difference of gender with some animals : owls (and generally birds), Turtles...... Une chouette (feminine word) will be used for the male and the female. However, French also make the mistake (who knows the difference between une chouette and un hibou !?? - I didn't know myself before looking at Wikipedia). So what the ......

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What do Cape Pygmy Owls eat?

I live in the San Antonio de la Sierra. I just came upon a cape pygmy owl with a small songbird in its talons.

Another Answer:

Voles, deer mice, Insects, and songbirds.

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What is the difference between owls and snakes?

Well - the obvious answer is - snakes are reptiles and owls are birds ! Additionally, snakes have scales and owls have feathers !

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How many types of owls are there?

There are 216 known species of owls in the world. Some of the most common North American owls include the great horned owl, eastern screech owl, western screech owl, barn owl, short-eared owl and long-eared owl.

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Do owls have large wings to capture speed?

Owls have large wings to improve lift and help in gliding. Speed is a product of thrust or gravity (altitude change). Think evolution gave them large wings so they can glide efficiently to the prey without making noise by flapping their wings.


How did the laughing owl become extinct?

Man came to it's habitat and brought ship rats and dogs, and they ate the Laughing Owl's eggs and hunted the owls. Slowly they died out. The last Laughing Owl died in 1914. However, over the years, there have been unconfirmed reports of this owl.


Do Barn owls have impact on human population?

Yes, a good one. Barn owls, all owls for that matter, are rodent eaters. That is, they feast on mice, rats, squirrels, chipmunks, and just about any other critter that can and often do have a negative affect on humans.

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What does seeing or hearing an owl mean?

Since most owls are nocturnal (meaning they come out at night and sleep during the day), seeing one usually means you have stayed up too late or the owl is up too early. It is still an exciting experience, especially to see one of those huge snowy owls, which are not nocturnal.

On the other hand, hearing an owl and its haunting hoo-hoo at dusk is not so unusual in hunting camps and during wilderness camping, but makes you wish all the more to see it...which you probably will not.

As for preternatural or supernatural meaning to seeing an owl, it probably means you have watched too many Harry Potter movies, but could also be connected to a loved one, living or deceased. Only you can determine that.

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Is the plural of owl spelled owles?

no. it's spelled O-W-L-S.

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Significance of a brown owl?

Owl is one of the creatures of nature that has had a different significance to very nearly every group of man to come into contact with it. I have heard them interpreted variously as: astral projection, clairvoyance, death, deception, divination, magic (both good and evil), night (a symbol of ), perception, perseverance, medicine -the practice of (herbal and western), truth, visions, and wisdom. There are enough beliefs about hearing and/or seeing owls to fill a large book. What I guess I'm saying here is that Owl, most likely has a personal significance to you, good, bad or indifferent, and that would be the way you should interpret it.

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What is a screech owls predators?

Raccoons, snakes, weasels, hawks, and owls up to the size of golden eagles and northern eagle-owls are reported predators of screech-owls (Otus asio).


Do barn owls eat weasels?

If they catch one.

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What does seeing a brown owl mean?

what does it mean when you see

a brown owl

Color Blindness

What animals are color blind?

Some animals are color blind... Just some can see some certain colors, like a horse can see blue's and greens, deer can see yellows and greens..etc...

Dogs most definitely are not color blind. There are some differences in their vison from that of humans, but -- contrary to popular myth, their eyes contain both rods (cells that detect light and movement but not color) and cones (which detect color and need more light than rods do in order to activate).

Rods are groups of light sensors connected to one neuron. Cones, on the other hand, are one neuron per cone and, unlike rods, have a narrow range of wavelengths they'll respond to. Dogs' cones respond to, what in the human range of vision, would be yellow, and blue-indigo.

Most breeds of dogs also do not resolve images well at distance, with a focal range of about 20/70 (to a human's healthy vision of 20/20). This means, what you see at 75' is about what a dog sees at 20' (exceptions are Labrador Retrievers, who approach 20/20 -- which is why they're often used as guide dogs).

Dogs also have a wider angle of acceptance -- around 270 degrees (as opposed to a human's 180 degrees). This means they are more aware of events on the periphery of human sight of course, but as the acceptance angles of vision of the two eyes don't intersect as completely as humans, they don't get really good distance ranging except for a small angle of acceptance directly in front of them.

You can pretty easily test this if your dog likes retrieving. Get a bunch of identical balls in different colors, and watch for the surprisingly different reactions.


Source: Turtles, Tortoises and Terrapins: Survivors in Armor by Ronald Orenstein.

At least some turtles can see in the red-orange-yellow part of the spectrum...box turtles (for example) like to eat berries, and the color vision can help them spot the ripening fruit.

and bees.

Birds are not color blind because you can teach a parrot to recognize colors. This is also true in a peacock's colorful wings.

Good point! While dogs have only two types of cones (see above about cones and rods) that detect yellow and blue-indigo, and humans have 3 (Cyan, Magenta, Green or Red/Yellow/Blue), birds have four, with the ability to see into the ultraviolet as well.


Pure white, shorthaired cats with two blue eyes are often deaf (not blind!)

Pure white, Persian longhaired cats, are color blind.

One in four human males has a form of colorblindness, with differing levels of severity, or acuteness.

Deer are color blind. This is why hunters where blaze orange. It stands out for the hunters, but isn't noticeable for the hunted.

A little more..Because deer don't clearly contrast and react to International, Day-Glo(TM) or Safety Orange doesn't mean they're colorblind. It only means they're not able to clearly differeniate these particular frequencies from others. I'm inclinsed to guess that, when deer graze, the identification of food is partially color identification -- but that's a guess.

In fact, very few if any animals perceive only in monochrome or gray-scale. Barring extreme neuro-trauma, humans never do. Even in cases where severe brain injuries plays a part, the most extreme case I've seen documented (Sax et al, "Anthropologist on Mars") was an artist who, after a severely neuro-traumatic event, could only see in gray-scale and in a very narrow frequency span in the yellow-orange region....

Domestic Ferrets see in shades or tones of gray and can see some red


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