Feeding time for the Eurasian Eagle Owl is always interesting ….and cool! We have a pair (male and female) owls. The female is larger than the male and more aggressive. She will swoop down and grab her prey from either on the ground or in the air before the male. The male is more shy and will wait to feed. The Eagle Owl is quite large and can swallow their prey whole since they cannot chew their food. They have a really neat digestive system that will regurgitate the remains of the prey after they get the nutrition from the food in the form of owl pellets. Owl Pellets have the fur and full bone remains of the prey. You can see some owl pellets in the Earth Discovery Center!
We are happy to report that we now have a pair of Eagle Owls and are really excited. They are really amazing and beautiful animals. They are currently getting acclimated to their new home. They are a little leary of us right now, but we can’t help but be in awe of their beauty and power. We have a male and female. Eagle Owls are one of the largest owls in the world and are native to most of Europe, Russia, and parts of Asia. Eagle owls live in a various habitats where good… food supply and nesting choices are plentiful! They eat a variety of prey from insects up to fox or fawns! Females are about 1/3 larger than the males and can weigh over 10 lbs! Males average at about 7lbs. Their wingspan can be over 5 feet in length! Did you know owls have enough power in their feet to burst a tennis ball? Did you know that owls do not have teeth and eat their prey whole with only their sharp beak to tear up prey? Did you know that owls can’t digest the bones and other hard materials and they regurgitate those materials in the form of an owl pellet?