Owl: what it eats

Owl: what it eats

Owl: what it eats and what you should know about this beautiful animal. How to raise an owl, legislation and valuable advice.

If we want to eat, we humans just have to go to the supermarket to do the shopping ... for one owlthe question is not that simple! Theowlit's asilent predator, its feathers allow it an extremely silent flight thanks to which it manages to surprise the prey. The acute eyesight and also the strong sense of hearing allow him to identify a possible prey even at great distances.

Bird of prey: owl

Theowlit's abird of prey, which means it is apredatorand thereforehe eatsother animals. The main feature of abird of preyit is due to the fact that it hunts using both beak and claws and above all that it has a strong sense of sight.

It is easy to imagine ahawkthat with its hooked beak grabs a prey. When it comes to the owl, the imagination is a bit difficult: after all, the owl's beak is not very pronounced.

Don't be fooled by its appearance. Thisbird of preyit hooks and grabs its prey with its claws ... but if the prey is still alive, it hits it in the neck, breaking it with its beak!


Can an owl be raised? Yes, but only if when you buy it you make sure it has thecites, an indispensable document for current legislation. In the article dedicated to the eagle owl, I explained to you that iOwlspresent in nature cannotto catch, nor disturb in any way. However, authorized breeders can sell specimens born in captivity and with a specific document that regulates their origin. The most raised owls are:

  • European eagle owl
  • African
  • virginian

It is threevarietyof the same species (bubo bubo). The three varieties are distinguished by characteristic features.

European eagle owl

It is typical of Europe and Central Asia. Is the biggesteagle owlknown with wingspans that, in the largest specimens, can touch two meters in width!

African eagle owl

TheAfrican eagle owlit differs for a plumage with more contrasting colors and for a lower weight and dimensions. It is easier toto breedcompared toeuropean eagle owl, however, theAfrican eagle owlit does not adapt well to the harsh climate, so in Italy it can only be bred in areas where the winter is particularly mild.

Virginian eagle owl

It is native to the Americas, in size and plumage it is similar toAfrican eagle owl, the difference is that thiseagle owlit has no climatic problems and can be bred more easily in our territory.

Owl: what it eats

L'feeding the owlvaries a lot according to its habitat: yes, because theowl eatswhat he finds!

For example, the beautiful snowy owl mainly feeds onlemming, that is, small rodents that abound in the Arctic tundra. The othersOwlsthat populate more hospitable environments, see a more varied diet.What does the owl eat?

  • Mice
  • Rats
  • Moles
  • Squirrels
  • Rabbits
  • Hares
  • Skunks
  • Foxes (especially the larger European eagle owl)
  • Beech marten
  • Fishes
  • Frogs and other amphibians
  • Lizards
  • Pigeons
  • Doves
  • Other birds
  • Worms
  • Spiders ...

THEOwlssmaller ones feed mainly on small rodents and insects. The biggest owls even hunt foxes!

It is not just a question of size: iOwlsI'm able tokilling animals even larger than themand then calmly enjoy the prey. When the prey is small, theowlswallows it whole ... the owl's digestive system is very particular.

It has a typical musculature that allows the digestion of what is edible and the expulsion of the indigestible portion that is literallyspat awayin the form of grains. Scholars analyze this indigestible mush to understand what an owl eats living in a certain area.

And in captivity?

As is clear, theowlit is rather opportunistic: in nature it feeds on what it finds. And on a farm? It is necessary, as much as possible, to respect the vocation of this animal.

It is a carnivore, so you will need to equip yourself with fresh or frozen meat and defrost them when needed. The little onesOwls, in the first phase of development, they need to eat more and more meals a day (up to 5 meals). Theowladult can be content with one meal a day.

Possibly you should provide it with whole prey, with skin, fur or feathers ... like a pigeon or a mouse for example!

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