These magnificent birds were on show in the High Street, helping raise money for The Barn Owl Centre. The charity, based on the edge of Gloucester, has the following aim - "To advance public education in Owl & Raptor welfare & husbandry."
The first owl is a Long Eared Owl, the second photo shows a Little Owl (original!) and the last owl is the most common in the UK, the Barn Owl.
The owl is a magnificently handsome bird of prey. Below are some interesting Owl Facts to impressive your friends and family with -
- Owls belong to the Order Strigiformes, which contains over 200 different species.
- Owls are nocturnal and hunt small mammals, small birds and some hunt fish.
- Their eyes are fixed in the sockets. They rotate their head 270 degrees to see back over there shoulders.
- Many breeds have special flight feathers for silent flying.
- They are long sighted and use feathers similar to whiskers to sense the prey in their beaks.
- The largest owl has a wing span of 2 meters.
- The Twit Twoo sound they make is actually Ke-wick Hoo-hoo-oooo.