Hey, your friend Sara here! I am amazed by the flow of your entries for our recently launched ‘Nature with Sara’ section, kicking off with birds that fascinate us.
Today, I am happy to share this lovely poem along with a lovely artwork, by 9 year old Sanvi Atul Sharma from Kolkata. And do not miss the cool facts which follow later.
Sanvi is a 9 year old poet from Modern High School For Girls, Kolkata. Her hobbies are reading, singing and drawing.
Owls are fascinating creatures,
With the most amazing features,
They fly without making any noise,
And are just so full of poise.
They say owls are wise,
They even improvise,
This bird has great judgement,
And are abundant.
Owls’ necks are flexible,
And they are very respectable.
This bird is Goddess Laxmi’s steed,
I really want one, let’s!
Flying in the night sky,
Owls are saying goodbye.
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.