Did you know that owls do not make any noise when they flap their wings? I recently saw some research on this, where scientists measured the sound of different birds flying. With sensitive microphones in a lab, they could measure the noise of a pigeon flying, and that of a hawk as well. But when the barn owl flew, there was almost no sound measurable. It was not heard at all, by human ears. So this means that when the owl flies and hunts, its prey cannot hear it.
Owls also glide a lot. This is due to their very large wings. In the short video below, you will see that each wing has a very large width. This is not to be confused with wingspan, which is from wingtip to wingtip. The owl’s large wings, also means it needs to flap its wings fewer times, to cover airspace. Its flight is slow and graceful, and silent!
One final point is that owls are very active at night, and of course have excellent vision. Unlike eagles and hawks, they mostly fly low to the ground. They have been known to hunt during the day, so don’t be alarmed if you see one flying. Their “hooting” can sound scary but they are mostly just talking to each other. I’ve had an owl fly by my head a few times, when I was in the deep woods, but I believe it was trying to protect its nest. I was not attacked.
Owls are fascinating animals!
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