Owls are nocturnal. They are active at night. They sleep during the day when the sun is shining.
Owls fly quietly. How do they do it? The secret is their long wings and the shape of their feathers. There are spaces between the feathers.
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There are about 200 kinds of owls. Each one looks different. The smallest owl is the elf owl. It is about six inches tall. The largest owl is the great gray owl. It can grow to be 32 inches tall.
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Owls see and hear very well. They can hear prey even before they see it. When an owl hears a sound, it can turn its head all the way around.
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Owls use their talons, or claws, and their sharp beak to capture and hold small animals. Owls are carnivores. They eat mice, insects, fish, and other birds.
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Owls live almost all over the world. Snowy owls live in the Arctic. It is very cold there. Cactus pygmy owls live in deserts. It is hot there. Owls also live in forests and jungles. Antarctica is the only place where owls do not live.