Interesting facts about owls

Owls are majestic creatures who have fascinated people for centuries. Here are some facts that you might not have known about these amazing birds:

  • Owls can turn their heads around far enough to see behind themselves.
  • Harry Potter’s owl is a snowy owl.
  • Snowy owls can be found in the far north regions around the North Pole.
  • Owls fly so quietly that you can hardly hear them.
  • Owls don’t have teeth and swallow their prey whole. Afterwards, the owl regurgitates (brings up) everything that his stomach couldn’t digest, like bones and feathers.
  • There are more than 200 owl species in the world.

The owls in Southern Africa include:

  • Barn owl
  • African grass-owl
  • African scops-owl
  • Southern white-faced scops-owl
  • Pearl-spotted owlet
  • Marsh owl
  • African barred owlet
  • Cape eagle-owl
  • Spotted eagle-owl
  • Pel’s fishing-owl
  • Verreaux’s eagle-owl
  • African wood-owl


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