No bird is safe from the Eurasian Eagle-Owl—not even its kin. The mighty strigiform goes after Tawny and Snowy owls, as well as such larger birds as Gray Herons. On China’s alpine meadows, the eagle-owl and the Upland Buzzard hunt the same voles and beady-eyed pikas. The buzzards conduct their business by day; the owls take over after dusk. With its 6.5-foot wingspan, it’s also been known to hunt foxes and fawns.
White Faced Scops Owl
Western Screech Owl (photo by Brad Wilson). 7-9 inches tall; less than half a pound. The Western Screech-Owl plays host to a surprising houseguest: blind snakes—worm-like reptiles that dwell underground—that the back to their nests. This unlikely act of mercy is actually a child-rearing strategy: Parents sharing their nests with the strange bedfellows have better success at raising young. The snakes devour pests like ants and flies, whose larvae consume food reserved for owlets.
Great Horned Owl Size: 1.5-2 feet tall; 3-5 pounds Range: All of continental North America and much of South America Status: Least Concern Great Horned Owls are natural foster parents. A single female in captivity has been known to play surrogate to more than a hundred owlets in her lifetime. In the wild these birds are just as nurturing, with females keeping constant tabs on their young. When it comes to territoriality, however, tenderness turns to ferocity. Couples will fend off ...