The fourth-grade library class at Webster Christian School researches the great horned owl each fall.
After the class creates a “Know/Want to Know” chart about the great horned owl, each student chooses one question to research.Their questions and answers are listed below.
The project culminates with a visit from Krittr Kris (Kristin Forsythe) who brings 2 rehabilitated wild birds (including a great horned owl and a turkey vulture) to the classroom for an hour-long presentation and question/answer time.
Krittr Kris with Great Horned Owl
Krittr Kris with Turkey Vulture
What are the wings like? (EE)
The Great Horned Owl has a great big wingspread. Its wingspread is 50 inches long! They also have an edge on its wing to make it silent.
How do they interact with people? (JS)
The only large owl with ear tufts, it uses them like a dog. If the owl is upset, the ear tufts lie flat. If the owl is curious, the ear tufts stand up.
How strong are their talons? (JL)
Their talons are strong enough to pick up a skunk. It has forward and rear facing talons that lock like pincers. As soon as it’s prey goes into it’s claws it’s a goner.
How do they turn their heads around? (JS)
Owls have 14 neck bones. They actually twist their head around 270 degrees.
How do they get their prey? (NF)
They sneak up on their prey. They swoop down silently and kill their prey with their claws. It snatches their prey silently.
Why is their name the Great Horned Owl? (AT)
The Great Horned Owl got it’s name from it’s tufts of feathers on their head that look like a horn.
Where do they live? (LM)
The owls are found in deserts, fields and woods. Even in your back yard! They’re in America.
How do their eyes work? (PK)
The owls eyes can’t move they have to move their head. They can also see well at night. An owls eyes are in front of his head. It can turn it’s head half way around, to also see its prey. They can see in the morning. There eyes are 100% stronger than humans. Owls can blink like people. There eyes can see far and close. There eyes are able to get more light.
What hunts Great Horned Owls? (CH)
Nothing will eat them but crows will attack and pick at them.
How big is it? (GS)
It is about 18-25 inches. Weighs about 4 pounds. There wings are a little bit bigger than 5 feet long.
What do they eat? (CH)
Owls eat rabbits, squirrels, gofers, mice, possums, and birds. Bigger owls hunt bigger animals. Smaller ones hunt smaller animals. They cough up bones and fur called pellets.