By Gabrielle Krupa


The name of my animal is the owl.  There are over 130 species of owls in the world. You can mostly find owls all over the world except for Antarctica.  They have many different habitats, like the desert, the forest, the prairies and the tundra. Owls eat mice, rats, moles, squirrels and so many more animals. Usually the color of an owl's feathers would blend in with its environment. For an example: the snowy owl blends in with the snow where it lives. There are two reasons why camouflage helps owls.  One, because it helps the owls hide from predators and two, because they can hide from the animals they're trying to catch. Their adaptations are a physical part of an owl because they are born with them. They have claws, beaks, feathers and they have eyesight that is way better than what humans have.  Some owls hunt and eat animals as big as a cat!  If owls didn't have these adaptations they would probably be extinct because they might get caught and eaten by predators, and they'd have trouble catching their own food.   Other animals with similar adaptations are hawks and eagles. 

Did you know?  Owls can't move their eyes, so they have to turn their whole head to see in another direction.  They have really good sight though, and mostly come out only at night.  Also, the Barn Owl has a heart shaped face!  

There are all different sizes of owls.  The smallest owl is called the Elf Owl, which is about 6.1 inches and has a wingspan of around 15 inches.  The biggest owl is called the Great Gray Owl, which is about 33 inches and has a wingspan of around 5 feet. Wingspan is the length from the end of one wing to the end of the other wing, when they are stretched out.  Female owls are heavier than male owls of the same species. I think the coolest part about owls is that even though they have such good eyesight they see only in black and white. I hope you learned a lot about owls!


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