Owls

Lots NEW! Come and have fun with our owl theme for kids! Enjoy our colouring pages, crafts and printables below...

Tawny Owl
Tawny owl

There are many different kinds of owls, all birds of prey, hunting small mammals, insects and other birds (and some owls hunt fish). Owls tend to keep to themselves and are mostly nocturnal. They have large forward-facing eyes and have to turn their whole head to look to the side. The smallest owl is the Elf owl, which is only about 13cm long, while the largest are the  Eurasian Eagle Owl and Blakiston's Fish Owl which can reach 70cm long and have a wingspan of over 2 metres! There are five species of owl in Britain: the British barn owl, tawny owl (pictured above), little owl, short-eared owl and long-eared owl.

Fun fact: a group of owls is called a "parliament".

A Wise Old Owl

Why do we think of owls as "wise"? In Greek mythology, the owl was associated with the goddess Athena, the goddess of wisdom. In fact, the city of Athens is named after Athena, and its emblem is the owl. There is also an old English poem about a "wise old owl" - you can find it (with a printable poster) below.

Owl Colouring Pages
Lots NEW! Find one of our owl colouring pages for kids to enjoy. You'll find a variety of...
Owl Crafts
Here's a fabulous collection of owl crafts for kids - and there's something for ages here!...
Owl Printables
Lots NEW! Owl bookmarks, owl jigsaws, an owl template, owl acrostic poem printables, owl life cycle...
Owl Puzzles
Learning about owls? Why not tackle one of these owl puzzles to bring the subject to life. Or just...
Owl Worksheets
Lots NEW! We've got three lovely handwriting worksheets using the word OWL, as well as a fun...
Life Cycle of an Owl
NEW! Learn a little about owls and their life cycle with this collection of colouring pages,...

Barn owl

Owls In Literature

Here's a well known old English nursery rhyme:

A wise old owl lived in an oak
The more he saw the less he spoke
The less he spoke the more he heard.
Why can't we all be like that wise old bird?

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