All about Owls 

The long-eared owls "ears" are really just tufts of feathers. Its real ears are on the sides of its head.

Owls are meat-eating birds with big, round faces.

Owls hunt mostly at night for mice and other small animals.

They have sharp talons to catch them in and hooked beaks to eat them with.  

British Owls Five different kinds of owl live in Britain and Ireland all year round.

The tawny owl and the little owl are the commonest.

Long-eared owls live in conifer forests, and short-eared owls live on moors.

Barn owls nest in old farm buildings and are now rare.  

Snowy owls live in cold, icy places so they have feathers on their legs and feet to keep them warm.    

Most owls have amazingly good eyesight but they can't move their eyes around, like we can. Instead they have to move their whole head.

An owl can turn its head right round so that it is looking backwards!!!

Watch Out for ....

Sleepy Owls

Most owls hunt at night-time and sleep in the day.

If you are lucky, you might see a tawny owl or little owl asleep in a tree.

They both have brown feathers, which makes them hard to spot.

Tree Holes Some owls nest in holes in old trees.

See if you can find some nesting sites in nearby parks or woods.

Remember to look but never touch!

Owl Pellets

Owls cough up pellets made of bits of the animals they eat.

Owl pellets contain mostly bones and fur.

Tawny owls often live near people. At night you can hear them call "twit-twoo".

Special visitors

Three kinds of owl visit Britain.

The biggest is the snowy owl which leaves the Arctic to spend the winter on Scottish islands where there is more food. Tengmalm's owl and the scops owl sometimes fly into Britain from Europe.