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Posted by on Jan 24, 2016 in Tell Me Why |

Why Do Owls Come out at Night?

Why Do Owls Come out at Night?

Owls are creatures that few people ever see. This is because most owls, like many animals, are nocturnal in their habits – they are most active at night. Most owls hunt at night because they feed on mice and other small creatures that are also nocturnal.

The owl is well equipped for night hunting. It has large eyes and can see well in the dark. Its ears are so sensitive that it can hear a mouse scamper over the ground many yards away.

And its feathers are so soft that there is hardly a sound as it swoops down to capture its prey in its talons. Owls are birds of prey or “raptors.” A raptor is a bird that has a sharp beak and sharp claws (talons) that it uses to catch and eat its food.

Members of the raptor group include hawks, eagles, falcons and owls. Unlike other raptors, owls are mostly nocturnal, hunting at night when the other raptors are sleeping.

Content for this question contributed by Diane Amsler, resident of Slingerlands, Bethlehem, Albany County, New York, USA