Parliament of Owls

The Parliament of Owls is the latest attraction at the Bourton-on-the-Water wildlife park which is home to eight different owl species.

Among the birds on show in the new aviaries are snowy owls, burrowing owls, great grey owls, spectacled owls and Indian scops owls. Visitors can also meet Mackinder’s eagle owls, Chaco owls and white-faced owls.

From Aesop’s Fables to Harry Potter, the owl has been a source of constant fascination, folklore, myth and legend over the centuries.

As well as celebrating one of the most iconic bird species Birdland is also aiming to raise awareness of their plight in the wild and what we can all do to help protect them.

There are more than 200 species of owls worldwide and they can be found in virtually all terrestrial habitats; from deserts and icy tundra to rainforests and high mountains.

As well as its more exotic inhabitants, Birdland and the surrounding Nature Area also has its own resident group of native tawny owls.

Top Five Fun Owl Facts

Contrary to popular belief owls cannot turn their head all the way around. However they can manage a pretty impressive 270 degrees!

Barn owls are the most widespread of owls, found on every continent.

A group of owls is known as a Parliament.

Owls don’t have eyeballs, they’re more like eye tubes. As a result they can’t really move or roll their eyes. That’s why they have heightened mobility in their necks.

Owls are very quiet in flight, almost silent, compared to other birds of prey.

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