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Owls have large forward-facing eyes and ear-holes, a hawk-like beak, a flat face, and usually a conspicuous circle of feathers, a facial disc, around each eye. Most birds of prey sport eyes on the sides of their heads, but the stereoscopic nature of the owl's forward-facing eyes permits a greater sense of depth perception necessary for low-light hunting.


Owls are a group of predatory birds. Owls are known for their distinct calls, and nocturnal habits.

Owl Classification:

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Superorder: Falconimorphae
Order: Strigiformes

Other Names: Raptor, Bird of Prey

Owl in Foreign Languages:

kukuvajk / buf
Amharic: gugut
Arabic: buuma
Armenian: bu
Azeri: bayqus
Basque: mozo / hontz / gauhontz / hontza
Belarusian: sav
Borro: tagogo
Bosnian: sova
Breton: toud / kaouenn
Bulgarian: kukumjavka
Catalan: liba / mussol
Cebuano: ngiwngiw, mingok
Central Bontoc: koop
Chamicuro: ma'sheti
Chinese Mandarin: xiao
Crimean Tatar: kkkmiyav / muratqus
Croatian: sova
Czech: sova
Dalmatian: civet
Danish: ugle
Dutch: uil
Esperanto: strigo
Estonian: kull / kakk
Evenki: itiknija
Faroese: ugla / ugli / la
Finnish: pll
French: hibou / chouette
Friulian: us
Galician: moucho
German: Eule / Uhu
Greek: glfka / kukuvya
Hebrew: yanshuf / tinshemeth / liylith / oakh
Hindi: ullu
Hopi: hotsko
Hungarian: bagoly
Icelandic: ugla
Ido: strigo
Irish: ulchabhn
Italian: gufo/ civetta
Ivatan: bantuluk
Japanese: fukuro
Korean: olppaemi / bueong-i
Kurdish: kund / bu / p / pepk
Ladin: ciuita
Lao: khao
Latgalian: palada / opugs
Latin: ulula / noctua / strix
Latvian: puce / apogs / upis
Lithuanian: peleda / apuokas
Low Saxon: uul
Lower Sorbian: sowa
Macedonian: buv / tka
Maltese: kokka
Manx: hullad
Maricopa: mmdii
Mongolian: uul
Montagnais: uhu
Nanai: oqsar
Navajo: n'shjaa'
Norwegian: ugle
O'odham: cukut
Occitan: chta
Old English: ule
Old Provenal: cavec
Pangasinan: kolayot
Persian: juqd
Polish: sowa
Portuguese: coruja / estrige
Romansch: tschuetta
Russian: sov / flin
Sami: skuolfelottit
Sardinian: tirulia, cuccumeu, cuccumiau
Scottish Gaelic: cailleach-oidhche / comhachag
Roman: sova / jeja / jejina / buljina
Sicilian: cuccu / cucca
Slovak: sova / vr
Slovene: sova
Spanish: bho / lechuza / tecolote / mochuelo / autillo / crabo / cuco / sij cotunto / cabur / chuncho / anteojo / tucquere
Swahili: bundi
Swedish: uggla / uv
Tagalog: kuwago
Thai: nk hok
Turkish: baykus
Ukrainian: sova / syc
Upper Sorbian: sowa
Urdu: ullu
Vietnamese: con c / c
Welsh: tylluan
West Frisian:


Conservation Status: Some Owls are at Critical Risk of Endangerment

Size: Owls vary in size by species. Typical owls weigh from 1.5 ounces to 9 lbs, while barn owls weigh from 0.5 to 3 lbs. The smallest owl is the elf owl, while the largest owl is the Eurasian eagle-owl. Female owls are usually larger than their male counterparts.

Species: There are approximately 205 species of owls. Owls are divided into two different groups barn owls, and true owls.

Habitat: Owls are found on every continent except Antarctica. Owls live in virtually all terrestrial habitats from the Arctic to the tropics.

Description: Owls are birds with large round faces, sharp, hooked beaksl, and large eyes.

Senses: Owls are known for their exceptional vision and ability to detect movement at great distances. Owls have acute hearing.

Diet: Owls are birds of prey. Owls feed on small mammals such as mice, squirrels, voles and rabbits. Owls will also supplement their diet by feeding on birds, insects and reptiles.

Communication: Owls communicate through hoots, body language and bill snapping.

Did You Know?

Owls have come to symbolize wisdom and nobility in popular culture.

Incubation: Owls can lay from 1 to 14 eggs, typically owls will lay 2 to 6 eggs at a time. Eggs will hatch after 15 to 35 days, depending on the species.

Birth: Both a mother and father owl will participate in the care of newly hatched chicks, bringing food to the young and sitting on the nest.

Life Span: Owls typically live 20 years or more.

Did You Know?

Many owl species also have a thick covering of feathers on their legs and feet, which actually protects them from snake and rat bites.

Social Structure: Owls are typically solitary.

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