Owl

Karmen Garza Period 2 May 16

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Habitat

Owls live on every continent but Antarctica. (Banks) Owls live in meadows. (Woodward 58) burrowing owls nest underground (Sanderson) Grasslands in North, South, and Central America (Sanderson)
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Movement

Owls fly using their long wings. (Karmen's head) Also owls walk too (Karmen's head)
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Body Covering

Owls range in size from 5 to 30 inches tall but a Saw-Whet Owl is seven inches tall. (Banks) Owls have heavily feathered feet (Woodward 58) Snowy male owls are white with black feathers (Woodward 58)burrowing owls look like most of their kin--big eyes and sharply curved beaks, adapted for capturing insects, mice, and amphibians. But one look at their long, stiltlike legs (Sanderson) Great Horned Owl is the two tufts of feathers on this owl's head look like horns. The tufts are just for show (Jango-Cohen)
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Diet

Little owls eat lots of earthworms and insects, like earwigs and beetles, but they are such good hunters they catch slugs and snails and small mammals, such as rats (Morris) Dad feeds the young at first, then mum joins in later (Morris) Little owls are one of the only owls to also eat vegetation! (Morris) Like to eat insects and mammals (Morris) Owls eat seeds and fruits, such as prickly pear cactus (Sanderson)
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Reproduction

By late January some owl pairs have laid 2-3 eggs. (Allen) Owls also offence to deliberately damage or destroy their nest or eggs (Morris) Little owls lay between two and five eggs (Morris) Chicks don't leave the nest until they are at least five weeks old. (Morris)
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Adaptations

Owls, including this eagle-owl, hunt rabbits and other prey. (Banks) Hearing is most owls' main tool for hunting. Some owls can even hear an animal running under a layer of snow. I've watched them swoop down and grab prey without seeming to see it. Various adaptations help owls hear well (Holt)
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Other Info

  • Owls' big eyes are ten times more sensitive to light than humans' eyes. (Banks)
  • Owls range in size from 5 to 30 inches tall but a Saw-Whet Owl is seven inches tall. (Banks)
  • Golden-yellow eyes. (Woodward 58)
  • Little Owls are so small that baby rabbits are the same size as them (Morris)
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Allen, Deborah. "In the City? Owls of New York City." Lexile Measure: 1290L Oct.
2010: 3-7. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 11 May 2016.
<http://discoverer.prod.sirs.com/discoweb/disco/do/
article?urn=urn%3Asirs%3AUS%3BARTICLE%3BART%3B0000309023>.

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Banks, Joan. "Whooo-o Are You?" Lexile Measure: 1140L Nov. 2002: 16-19. SIRS
Discoverer. Web. 10 May 2016. <http://discoverer.prod.sirs.com/
discoweb/disco/do/
search?keyword1=owl&keyword2=&submitBtn=Search&stype=advanced&index1=TEXT&index2=
TITLE&index3=AUTHOR&sort=relevance&easy=on&mod=on&chal=on&fromstype=subject&subje
ctcount=9&st=M>.

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Holt, Denver. "Owls: Built to Hunt." Lexile Measure: 840L Oct. 2007: 12. SIRS
Discoverer. Web. 11 May 2016. <http://discoverer.prod.sirs.com/
discoweb/disco/do/article?urn=urn%3Asirs%3AUS%3BARTICLE%3BART%3B0000270865>.

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Jango-Cohen, Judith. "Silent Stalkers." Lexile Measure: 950L Oct. 2013: 4-+.
SIRS Discoverer. Web. 13 May 2016. <http://discoverer.prod.sirs.com/
discoweb/disco/do/article?urn=urn%3Asirs%3AUS%3BARTICLE%3BART%3B0000363993>.

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Morris, Katy. "Little Owls." Lexile Measure: 1200L Feb.-Mar. 2003: 21-23.
SIRS Discoverer. Web. 12 May 2016. <http://discoverer.prod.sirs.com/
discoweb/disco/do/article?urn=urn%3Asirs%3AUS%3BARTICLE%3BART%3B0000165722>.

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Sanderson, Jane. "Give a Hoot!" Lexile Measure: 1120L Aug. 2000: 40-43. SIRS
Discoverer. Web. 13 May 2016. <http://discoverer.prod.sirs.com/
discoweb/disco/do/article?urn=urn%3Asirs%3AUS%3BARTICLE%3BART%3B0000124670>.

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