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Facts & Myths
 
Not all Owls are nocturnal.
 
            The "ears" on an Owl's head are feather tufts.
 
Only the Tawny Owl makes the familiar "too-wit-too-woo" sound.
 
            The Kestrel is the only Bird of Prey to hover for long periods.
 
Although the beak looks dangerous, beware the feet of a Bird of Prey.
 
            A falcon can experience up to 25G when striking the prey.
 
The Peregrine falcon is the fastest creature on earth, over 200 mph.
 
            Owls are not as intelligent as they are made out to be.
 
80 - 90% of Birds of Prey die before five years of age.
 
            Owls tend not to fly in wet weather, their feathers absorb water quickly.
            The sound of the rain prevents them from hunting using their hearing..
 
Over 3,000 Barn Owls are killed by vehicles each year.
 
            The digestive system of a Golden Eagle can dissolve solid bone.
 
A Great Grey Owl can hear a vole moving under 18 - 24 inches of snow.
 
            Eagles and Buzzards can spot a rabbit over a mile away.
 
An Owl's eyes are fixed in the sockets, and cannot move.
 
            The call of an Eagle Owl can be heard by another up to 3 miles away.
 
                      Owls are not blind in daylight.
 
An Owl cannot turn it's head all the way round, 270 degrees in each direction.
 
            Birds of Prey only fly to hunt, defend the territory, or to find a mate.
            Long periods of time are spent roosting, conserving energy..
 
A Golden Eagle can grip with an estimated force of 1 ton with each foot.
 
            Nocturnal Owls only see in black and white.
 
Birds of Prey generally do not drink, they obtain fluids from their food.