2 OWL PELLETSOwl pellets are masses of bone, teeth, hair, feathers, and exoskeletons of various animals preyed upon by raptors.
3 OWL PELLETSThese pellets are the undigestable parts of an owl’s meal that the bird will then regurgitate.
4 OWL PELLETThe owl will first capture the prey before ripping them apart with his sharp beak and swallowing large chunks.
5 OWL PELLETThese chunks make their way down the esophagus into the proventriculus, which secretes juices onto the food.This mass then moves to the gizzard, which separates what the owl can digest from what he can not.
7 OWL PELLETThe digestable portion continues on through the digestive tract.The undigestable part forms into a round pellet.This pellet moves back into the proventriculus where it will stay for many hours.
8 OWL PELLETBefore the owl can eat again, he must regurgitate the pellet.The owl appears to be in great pain and seems like he can not breathe during this process, but once the pellet is out, he is okay.YouTube Video: Baby owl ejects pellet
9 OWL PELLETLooking into the pellet can give some idea of what the owl has eaten.Pellets also indicate where an owl’s nest has been located.
10 OWL PELLET Owls are a type of raptor. These are also called birds of prey.Some other raptors are falcons, vultures, hawks, and eagles.
11 OWL PELLET Barn owls are very common and pellets are numerous. A barn owl can usually be found in many habitats, but commonly in open woods.They usually roost during the day in tree hollows.Roost: Settle or congregate for rest or sleep
12 OWL PELLETBarn owls usually eat small ground mammals such as voles, shrews, and mice.These animals usually eat things like insects, nuts and berries, and sometimes worms.
13 OWL PELLETOwls differ from other birds of prey in how they eat.
14 OWL PELLETFor instance, eagles soar in the sky looking for prey.
15 OWL PELLETOnce spotted, it will attack with its talons and peck with the beak until the prey is dead.The eagle then rips out the insides, eats, and leaves.
17 OWL PELLETOwls have many adaptations that make them incredible hunters.
18 OWL PELLETThey have large, forward-facing eyes that widen inside the skull, allowing the retinas to almost touch.
19 OWL PELLETTheir retinas are so advanced that owls can catch prey in total darkness.Owls also have very sensitive ear openings.They can also rotate their heads about 270 degrees, giving them a wide range of vision.