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All about owl pellets


"All about owl pellets"

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1. Slide
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Owl pellets are collections of bones, fur, and other materials that owls regurgitate after digesting their food. By examining owl pellets, scientists can learn more about the diet of owls. 7th grade students can dissect owl pellets to study the animal remains inside.
What are owl pellets?
2. Slide
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Owl Pellet: An owl pellet is a mass of undigested animal material regurgitated by an owl. It usually contains the exoskeleton, fur, feathers, and other parts of prey that the owl could not digest. Owls as Predators: Owls are predators and feed on small mammals and birds. They swallow their prey whole and after a few hours they regurgitate a pellet containing all the indigestible parts of their food. Owl Pellet Dissection: Owl pellet dissection is an educational activity for students to identify the bones of their prey. Students use tools such as tweezers, brushes and forceps to carefully separate the bones from the fur and feathers in the pellet.
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What are owl pellets made of?
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Owl pellets can tell us which prey the owl ate because they contain the bones of their prey. Owls can regurgitate a pellet up to 12 hours after eating. Owl pellets can contain the remains of more than one animal eaten in the same day.
Did you know?
5. Open question
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Work together in pairs: What are some adaptations that owls have that help them catch prey and digest their food?
6. Open question
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Work together in pairs: What is the process of dissecting an owl pellet?
7. Poll
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What are owl pellets?
  • Indigestible parts of an owl's meal
  • A type of food that owls eat
  • A type of bird that eats other birds
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Why do owls regurgitate pellets?
  • To remove indigestible parts from their stomachs
  • To scare off predators
  • As a form of communication with other owls
9. Poll
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What is the texture of an owl pellet?
  • Dry and crumbly
  • Wet and slimy
  • Hard and crunchy
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What types of animals are commonly found in owl pellets?
  • Small rodents such as mice, shrews, and voles.
  • Fish and insects
  • Rabbits and squirrels
11. Poll
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Do all species of owls produce pellets?
  • Yes, every species produces pellets.
  • No, only some species produce pellets.
  • I don't know.

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