Owls are found in many different habitats, such as deserts, forests, prairies and even the Arctic tundra. They nest in trees, in holes in the ground, in barns, and in caves. And while many other birds migrate to warmer places during the winter, most owls do not. They live in the same place all year round.
There are about 250 species of owls in the world. Owls can be found in all parts of the world except Antarctica. North America alone is home to nineteen different species of owls.
Owls belong to a group of birds called Strigiformes. That group is divided into two smaller groups, known as families. The family called Tytonidae includes Barn Owls, which have heart-shaped faces. The second family, Strigidae, includes all other owls, most of which have round faces.
All owls are carnivorous birds of prey and live mainly on a diet of insects and small rodents such as mice, rats, and hares. Some owls are also specifically adapted to hunt fish. Most of the prey they eat are active at night, so squirrels and chipmunks are relatively safe from Owls. They occasionally eat birds such as starlings, blackbirds, and meadowlarks. Nesting Owls sometimes store dozens of prey items at the nest site while they are incubating to feed the young once they hatch.
Late winter is mating time for most owls. Males begin seeking mates by calling through the afternoon and evening air. A female owl will listen for a call that interests her. She will only respond to calls from males of the same species
If local food supplies are low in a given year, owls may not breed there. But if enough food is available to feed a growing family, female owls lay one to fourteen roundish white eggs. Females from different owl species lay different numbers of eggs. The number also depends on how much food is available
Only female owls incubate eggs. During the incubation period, the female loses the feathers on her belly in order to transfer more body heat to the eggs. She presses the warm bare skin, or brood patch, against the eggs. She lies on the nest in the incubation position, with her head low and stomachs down, keeping the eggs warm all the time.
Owls, as a species, may adapt to their environment well, but their habitats around the world are in danger of destruction. Protecting the natural habitat of owls is imperative to the balance of the food chain, whether in forests, grasslands or frozen tundra.
Owls keep animals and insects that breed prolifically from overrunning areas of the world. Learning how to preserve owl habitats, how to protect the fragile biomes in which they live as well as how to live in harmony with all creatures is essential to bring balance to the entire world.
The fact that they need enough food for survival is a problem too. In any owl habitat, the lack of food due to humans disrupting the environment can lead to death.
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Resources and References: allaboutbirds.org; owlresearchinstitute.org;