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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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Owls are some of the most fascinating and mysterious raptors in the world. While many people know a little bit about these birds of prey, some facts about owls can surprise even the most experienced birders.

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QUOTE: "Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers."

HINT: (1809-1892), was Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during much of Queen Victoria's reign and remains one of the most popular British poets.

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RANDOM TIDBITS

There are more than 150 species of owls in the world, and some counts indicate more than 220 species depending on how different owls are classified. Owls are found in all different habitats and there are different owl species found on all continents except Antarctica.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The tiniest owl in the world is the Elf Owl, which is 5-6 inches tall and weighs about 1 1/2 ounces. The largest North American owl, in appearance, is the Great Gray Owl, which is up to 32 inches tall.

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The Northern Hawk Owl can detect - primarily by sight - a vole to eat up to a half a mile away.




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