Four species of owls live in Georgia year-round: great-horned, barred, barn and eastern screech. These birds of prey use their excellent hearing and eyesight to hunt at night.
Contrary to popular belief, owls can’t turn their heads all the way around. However, the extra bones in their neck allow them to turn their head about three-quarters of the way around. This adaptation is necessary since an owl’s large eyes are fixed to look straight ahead; owls can’t roll their eyes side-to-side and up-and-down like we can.
WILD Facts is a regular feature written by Linda May, environmental outreach coordinator with the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division.