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Question about owls (1 Viewer)

jnicholes

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So, I had a great horned owl in my neighborhood this morning. I was able to get a video of it. After I got the video, the owl swooped out of the tree, and went after a couple of small birds. It missed, and the small birds got away.

I thought owls only went after mice, not other birds!

Do owls even eat other birds?

I am confused.
 

Andy Adcock

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England
So, I had a great horned owl in my neighborhood this morning. I was able to get a video of it. After I got the video, the owl swooped out of the tree, and went after a couple of small birds. It missed, and the small birds got away.

I thought owls only went after mice, not other birds!

Do owls even eat other birds?

I am confused.

Yes!

You'll find that the Owls that take birds most often, are those that hunt during daylight rather than the truly nocturnal species.
 

Jeff Hopkins

Just another...observer
United States
I was always told that when you are trying to survey owls with tape, start with the small ones and then try different species according to increasing size. The smaller species will be scared off when the larger species are heard. So that also suggests the bigger species will prey on the smaller ones.
 

Andy Adcock

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England
I was always told that when you are trying to survey owls with tape, start with the small ones and then try different species according to increasing size. The smaller species will be scared off when the larger species are heard. So that also suggests the bigger species will prey on the smaller ones.

Eagle Owls definitly kill other Owls and Buzzards, not always for food but for territory.
 

Julie50

Mostly in the Midlands :)
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United Kingdom
I know it is not an owl, but we witnessed this the weekend before last!
 

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Hamhed

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We often find Blue Jay and Northern Cardinal feathers when cleaning out our Eastern Screech Owl nest boxes.

Steve
 

King Edward

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I think Tawny Owls take a fair number of birds. They certainly attract considerable mobbing attention from small songbirds during the day, whereas Barn Owls seem to be pretty much ignored when hunting during the day. I don't think I've noticed either mobbing or alarm calls in response to them.
 

opisska

Jan Ebr
Czech Republic
I was always told that when you are trying to survey owls with tape, start with the small ones and then try different species according to increasing size. The smaller species will be scared off when the larger species are heard. So that also suggests the bigger species will prey on the smaller ones.

In Europe caution is commonly advised when playing owl tapes because of owl on owl hunting. If Tawny Owls are present in the area, one should never play a Pygmy Owl after dark, because it can get it eaten by the Tawny.
 
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