Owl stuffed animals and resin sculptures of Barn Owls, Tawny Owls and others are in the Jeannie's Cottage Gift Shop. Find out all about the Owls, which are distinctive and unusual birds of prey.
Owls are divided by structural differences into two families, the Barn Owls (Tytonidae) and the All Other Owls (Strigidae). All have immobile eyes in large heads. An owls flight is nearly soundless due to its fluffy plumage. Many owls hunt at night and roost during the day. Owls have hooked bills, hooked claws, and usually feathered feet, the outer toe is reversible. Female owls are generally larger. Some species, like the Great Horned Owl and Eagle Owl, have conspicuous feather tufts.Owls eat rodents, birds, reptiles, fish and large insects. Range: Nearly cosmopolitan, meaning owls occur in many parts of the world. There are 134 species of owls in the world: Barn Owls, 11; other owls, 123; There are 18 species of owl in the West. Small owls are cavity nesters.To find an owl, search the ground for regurgitated pellets of fur and bone below a nest or roost. Listen for flocks of small songbirds noisily mobbing a roosting owl.