1. The owl was the mascot of which ancient army?

A. Athenian
B. Mongol
C. Roman
D. Spartan

2. Owls’ eyes are how many times more sensitive to light than humans?

A. 10
B. 100
C. 500
D. 1,000

3. Do owls see better in darkness or daylight?

A. Darkness
B. Daylight
C. Equally well in both darkness & daylight

4. Why do owls hunt at night?

A. More of their prey is out
B. Less competition from other birds of prey
C. All of the above
D. None of the above

5. An owl’s skull is attached to the spine in a way that allows it to turn its head to a greater degree than a human. How far around can an owl turn its head?

A. 180 degrees
B. 225 degrees
C. 270 degrees
D. 315 degrees

6. It is possible to see the ears on which of these owls?

A. Great-horned owl
B. Long-eared owl
C. Short-eared owl
D. None of the above

7. What is the greatest advantage of the extremely soft feathers on the edges of the owl’s very large wings?

A. They allow the owl to fly faster
B. They allow the owl to fly silently
C. They keep the owl’s extremities warm on cold nights
D. They make a great nest lining

8. Despite their wonderful eyesight, owls tend to hunt by sound rather than sight. Which feature helps it hear better?

A. The shape of its face
B. One ear cavity is higher than the other
C. One ear cavity is lower than the other
D. All of the above

Answers

1. A 2. B 3. C 4. C 5. C 6. D An owl’s ear cavity is hidden by feathers. What most people call “ears” on an owl are merely feather tufts. 7. B 8. D