17th October 2019

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How smart is the owl?

The wise owl appears in everything from The Iliad to Winnie the Pooh. But, it turns out, though they're excellent hunters, owls probably aren't any smarter than a lot of other birds. In fact, they may be significantly worse at problem solving than other big-brained birds like crows and parrots.

Subsequently, one may also ask, can you keep a barn owl as a pet?

We do not consider that Barn Owls make good pets. Feathers are not designed for stroking – it reduces their natural waterproofing. During the breeding season, which may extend through most of the year for Barn Owls in captivity, imprinted males can be particularly troublesome and noisy, especially at night.

What would eat an owl?

All owls are predators; they depend on other animals for food. However, very few predators feed on owls (except sometimes other owls). In fact, owls often eat other predators, such as weasels, bats, shrews and insect-eating birds. Therefore, owls hold a position at the top of the food chain.

Which owl is the smallest?

elf owl
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