Zookeeper Report on Eagle Owls

Eagle Owl having Breakfast!

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!