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Here is 7-year old Himika from Delhi sharing a conversation she had with Mr. Owl! Don’t miss the cool facts that follow.
Me : Hello Mr Owl how are you? Are you fine? Are you able to breathe?
Mr owl: Nooo
The air is polluted. I can’t breathe. People are bursting crackers here and there.
Me : Don’t worry Mr owl, i will take you to my backyard. It’s all green, full of fresh oxygen. I have planted many trees in my backyard. You can come and stay in any of the trees’ hollow.
Owls have very small brains proportionate to their body size, and they are less trainable than crows, hawks, parrots or pigeons. In fact, most owls can’t be trained to do simple tasks.
However, some types of owl do have complex behaviours. The little owl uses stashed meat to grow maggots for food in a way that other birds of prey don’t, for example. Its cousin, the burrowing owl, will take dung into its burrow and cultivate dung beetles.
Owls have extremely good night vision. This is enabled by their large, tube-shaped eyes that contain many more rods than human eyes, which allow them to be more sensitive to light. Their irises widen to allow more light to reach their retina at night. Because the iris adjusts, owls can also see during the day (unlike other nocturnal animals that can only see well at night), but their vision is slightly blurry and they cannot see colors well.
Unlike most birds, owls make virtually no noise when they fly.
Owls swallow their prey whole and regurgitate the parts that can’t be digested as pellets. If you find a spot where owls roost, you can find these pellets below that spot. You can dissect these pellets to find what the owl had eaten.