This week we are looking into one of the wiser bird species, the Owl. Read this blog post for lots of interesting owl facts which might just help you win the next online family quiz!
What do Owls eat?
Their diets depends largely on the species of owl but generally they like to tuck into invertebrates, including spiders, worms, snails and insects. They will also eat small fish, reptiles and other small birds or mammals.
Where do Owls live?
Owls can be found all over the world, with the exception of Antarctica. Different species live in forests, deserts and even in the Arctic tundra. They can make their settlements in trees, holes in the ground, in caves or barns.
Fun Owl Facts
- There are around 200 different species of owl
- A group of owls is called a parliament!
- Owls can turn their heads as much as 270 degrees to find and hunt their prey
- Owls are farsighted, meaning they cannot see things clearly that are very close to their eyes.
How to Build a Mini Beast House in your Garden
Help attract owls with these easy tips and tricks for encouraging insects to live in your garden. Here are some ideas you could use:
Create a log pile by stacking up branches or twigs which have fallen off trees in your area. Be sure to tuck this away into a quite corner of the garden to make it an ideal new home for some creepy crawlies.
If you have an unused flower pot you could fill this will stones, dry leaves and twigs and before long you will have some new neighbours.
Now sit back and watch some mini beasts move into their new homes. Not only will this encourage small creatures into your garden, but wise owls will also notice.
For more tips visit The Barn Owl Trust – https://www.barnowltrust.org.uk/owl-facts-for-kids/owl-crafts/bug-homes/
New Aviaries for 2020
Over the last few months our team have been working on the brand new Parliament of Owls area where we will not only be housing our existing owl species but we also hope to home some new species including a pair of Great Grey Owls. Once work can resume again onsite we will be finishing off the landscaping of these areas before moving the owls in.
See our Owls virtually!
Take a look at our owls which we have at Birdland Park & Gardens in the recent live video our Head Keeper streamed recently. Discover the species of owl we currently have on site, and the species we are expecting to house when the new Parliament of Owls opens on our Meet the Birds page.