What is the favorite food of owls?
An owl pellet is the regurgitated remains of an owl's prey that the owl can't digest. Owl pellets contain bones, fur and feathers of the prey the owl ate. By dissecting an owl pellet, students can learn about the diet of owls.
What is an Owl Pellet?
Owl Pellets: A mass of indigestible material which owls regurgitate after a meal. Owl Pellet Dissection: The process of breaking apart an owl pellet in order to determine what the owl ate and what kind of animal it was. Adaptations: The unique features of an organism that allow it to survive and thrive in its environment.
Owl pellets are made up of the indigestible parts of an owl’s prey such as bones, fur, and feathers. Owl pellets are usually gray or brown in color, and can be found near an owl’s nest or roosting site. Owls can regurgitate owl pellets up to six hours after eating a meal!
Did you know?
What do you think owls eat? Do you think they eat the same things humans eat?
What do you think an owl pellet is made of?
When you looked at the owl pellet, what did you observe?
What did you learn from examining the owl pellet?
Brain break: Using only red and blue markers, draw a portrait of yourself with at least five different facial expressions. Each expression should be exaggerated and creative. Make sure to fill the entire page with your portrait.
Question: How can you identify the animal a owl has eaten by examining an owl pellet? Clues: • Owl pellets generally contain the bones and fur of the animals that the owl has eaten. • You can identify the animal by examining the teeth and fur of the bones found in the owl pellet. • You can also identify the animal by researching the size of the bones in the owl pellet. In pairs: Select and solve one of the tasks: A. Research the size of the bones in the owl pellet to identify the animal eaten. B. Examine the teeth and fur of the bones in the owl pellet to identify the animal eaten.
What is an owl pellet?
- A small rock
- The leftover remains of an owl's meal
- A type of bird species
- A type of tree
Where do owls typically find their food?
- In the ground
- In the air
- In the water
- In the trees
What type of animal is an owl?
What do owl pellets consist of?
Why do owls regurgitate owl pellets?
- To get rid of leftovers
- To show dominance
- To attract new prey
- To communicate with other owls
Work together in pairs: What are three things that can be determined about an owl's diet by studying its owl pellets?