Owls are everywhere, yet not many people know much about them. If your anything like most of us, you didn’t really care about owls until you watched Harry Potter. What follows are some of the best images of these mystical creatures on the internet. Enjoy.
1) The science behind the cuteness
Did you know that owls can rotate their heads 270 degrees in each direction without damaging blood vessels or tissue? Why is that?
According to this article by Live Science, a physician and medical illustrator worked together to figure this out. What they found was pretty amazing. We’ll tell you in the next slide…if this owl will let us.
Using CT scans and “grown-up” science, they found that the vertebrae(the bones that make up your spine) in owls had larger holes than in humans and most birds. This hole was as much as ten times larger. Still don’t get it? We’re not sure this owl does yet either. Read on.
Because of the size of these holes in their vertebrae, vessels running through them are cushioned by air sacs. Every time their heads twist their vessels are safe. Let put that into perspective. This owl has already figured it out.
But why do they need to turn their heads that much? Wouldn’t it be easier to turn their bodies like humans do? We bet this owl already knows the answer to this and every other question ever asked since the beginning of time. But for us mere humans, there is the option to click to the next slide.
Their big eyes help them see in the dark with lots of ease, something humans would have trouble doing. This is important because they hunt at night. Although this guy looks like he might attack whatever that is a few hours ahead of schedule.
Corvids and parrots may be the smartest birds in the avian kingdom but owls make up for that with their sharp eyes. Huge wise eyes that see everything in the day and the night. This one just sees everything.
Some enjoy their solitude, they’ll sit there preening and combing their feathers. This is how they keep themselves healthy. Healthy and clean feathers are great for speed, and for adorable pictures. Don’t forget the pictures!
Some will just watch, patiently with their huge all-knowing eyes. There may be no real reason why they watch everything so intensely, but we would like to think they’re collecting the world’s secrets.
16) A perfect pair
As predators, small birds don’t always appreciate their presence. Often small birds of different species will mob owls in solitude. Owls, therefore, don’t mind a friend or two. These two seem like a perfect match.
Then there are the mothers that care for their young ones. While both male and female owls take care of their young ones, female owls tend to be more aggressive in this role. We wouldn’t mess with this mamma!
Owls also have a special kind of feathers that muffle the sound of their flight. Creatures unfortunate enough to catch their eye don’t realize it until it’s too late. We don’t know who made this owl angry…
This combination of sensitive hearing and silent flight makes owls some of the most vicious raptors in the avian kingdom. They’re up there with hawks and eagles. They’re probably also good at making snow angels.