Four species of owls live in Georgia year-round: great-horned, barred, barn and eastern screech (in order of largest to smallest). These birds of prey use their excellent hearing and eyesight to hunt at night.
Contrary to popular belief, owls can't turn their heads all the way around. However, the extra bones in their neck allow them to turn their head about three-quarters of the way around (we can only turn our heads about halfway, from our chin to each shoulder). This adaptation is necessary since owls’ large eyes are fixed to look straight ahead; they can’t roll their eyes side to side and up and down like we can.
WILD Facts is a regular feature written by Linda May, a wildlife interpretive specialist with the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division.
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