Owl and eagle owl are typical representatives of the order of owls.
These birds have some similarities, as well as a number of significant differences.
Both of these birds are predators, mostly night-time, with large round eyes and similar silhouettes.
Appearance of an owl and an owl
The main difference between owls and owls is in the appearance of these birds. Filins are much larger than ordinary owls, the body length of some of them reaches 70 cm, and weight - 4 kg. The weight of the owl rarely exceeds 2 kg.
The most noticeable external difference between an owl and an owl is the presence of "ears". In the owls, the plumage on the head is even, and when the silhouette of the owl appears, immediately visible feathers sticking upward resemble ears.
The "ears" on the head of an owl play a role not only in decorating. Thanks to them, the bird is capable of catching sounds several times better than an owl.
The third external difference between an owl and an owl is the colorPlumage. The feathers of owls are painted, as a rule, almost monotonously. Only in some places the color may darken or be more light. There are separate varieties of owls, which have a completely snow-white color. The face disk can not differ in color from the body of the owl, in some individuals, masks are visible in the form of black eye contours and darkened beards.
The feathering on the head of an owl is very specialBrightness. The face of this bird does not have a face disk. White or gray spots in the form of an arc are located above the eyes, under the beak - a black spot, the so-called beard. Around the eyes there is a wide black contour, and on either side of the beak - arcuate white or light gray spots. Black feathers above the eyes smoothly turn into the outline of "ears".
In addition, the feathering of the body of an owl is never monotonous. The reddish-yellow color is combined with dark stripes located on the back and head.
A long-eared owl looks very much like an owlThanks to the presence of "ears" on his head. However, unlike its large relative, the bird does not differ in size, and the color of its body is predominantly monophonic.
Lifestyle and diet
Differences of an owl's owl are observed not only in appearance, but also in the way of life. Owls hunt exclusively at night. The owl can stay awake not only at night, but also during the day.
The owl feeds mainly on small rodents. Owl, thanks to the impressive size of the body is able to catch not only mice, but also larger animals. In the diet of this bird hares, young animals of some animals, poultry, inferior to owl in the size of the body, often come. Owl hunts even on small roe deer.
During the flight the eagle owls a lot of sounds,Some of which resemble whistles. The owl can not be heard, it makes it absolutely noiseless. There is such an effect because of the difference in the feathering of the wings. In the owls, the tips of the wings are rounded, and in the filaments they resemble a pointed form. That is why the owl hovers during the flight, and the owl cuts through the air, producing characteristic sounds.
It is also worth noting that owl - it's prettyA rare bird, which is not so easy to see in a natural environment. Filins are listed in the Red Book and recognized as a vanishing species. Varieties of owls are very many, they live practically on any territory.