We are big Owl fans around here! They are magical and majestic birds of prey that have a mystery all of their own. Every time we feature Owl projects, our Community goes crazy!
Owl Facts You May Not Know
We thought before we should share some little-known facts about Owls. You’ll be amazed at what you learn. Many owl species have asymmetrical ears. When located at different heights on the owl’s head, their ears are able to pinpoint the location of sounds in multiple dimensions. Ready, aim, strike.
- The eyes of an owl are not true “eyeballs.” Their tube-shaped eyes are completely immobile, providing binocular vision which fully focuses on their prey and boosts depth perception.
- Owls can rotate their necks 270 degrees. A blood-pooling system collects blood to power their brains and eyes when neck movement cuts off circulation.
- A group of owls is called a parliament. This originates from C.S. Lewis’ description of a meeting of owls in The Chronicles of Narnia.
- Owls hunt other owls. Great Horned Owls are the top predator of the smaller Barred Owl.
- In fact, owls are insanely good hunters. Check out this video to learn why:
- The tiniest owl in the world is the Elf Owl, which is 5 – 6 inches tall and weighs about 1 ½ ounces. The largest North American owl, in appearance, is the Great Gray Owl, which is up to 32 inches tall.
- The Nthn Hawk Owl can detect, primarily by sight, a vole to eat up to a 1/2 a mile away.
- In fat years when mice are plentiful, usually monogamous Boreal Owls are apt to be promiscuous. Because easy prey means less work for parents feeding their young, males have been caught mating with up to three females, while females have been seen with at least one beau on the side.
- Barn Owls swallow their prey whole—skin, bones, and all—and they eat up to 1,000 mice each year.
- Northern Saw-whet Owls can travel long distances over large bodies of water. One showed up 70 miles from shore near Montauk, New York – Source
If you were planning on Painting your own Owl Rocks at home, you would need to find some smooth rocks from the beach or you can purchase from a Craft Store.
Acrylic Craft Paints are best recommended and you can find lots of Owls on Google as images that you can trace onto your rocks. You can use a Sharpie Pen to trace your outline which will help to keep your paint in place. Then it’s up to you to create your Owl family!
You can use your Sharpie Pen to add in feathers and other cute features and in order to preserve your work, coat your rocks with a nail varnish or sealant. If you would prefer to purchase these stunners, you can check out the whole collection on the Creators Etsy Shop here