Can An Owl See At Night?
The looks and the strange sounds of owls gave them special importance and man attached many superstitions to this strange-eyed bird. The ‘hooting’ sounds of the owl are so scaring that they were considered a sign of death or ill omen in many parts of the world. But the owl is also considered an intelligent creature and is the symbol of wisdon for many.
Owls of different species and sizes are found in almost all parts of the world. Owls, unlike other birds of prey, have virtually noiseless flight.
Owls have very large eyes. The orbs are directed forward, which give them binocular sight. The eyeballs are sensitive and elastic so that they can be focused quickly to any distance. The owl can open the pupil of its eyes very wide and this enables it to see even in the little light of the night.
Besides a binocular vision, the owl has very sensitive ears too. The ears of an owl have a flap on the outside which other birds don’t possess. Some owls have a kind of trumpet of feathers near their ears which help in better hearing.
More than hundred species of owls are found in different parts of the world. A few tropical African and Asian owls are fish eaters, but most of these birds live on small mammals and small birds. Their extraordinary vision, sensitive ears and noiseless flight enable them to hunt even at night.