What Do Owls Eat?

Whether you’re keeping an owl in captivity or you’re interested in buying one, you’ll want to know what the bird eats. In the wild, owls mainly eat small birds and mice; in captivity, they eat larger birds and fish.


owls are carnivores that feed on a wide range of animals. They eat rodents, birds, fish, insects, and other small creatures. They are mostly nocturnal, meaning they hunt at night.

Some owls are known to catch and eat spiders and amphibians. Others eat insects, reptiles, and mammals. Larger owls are known to eat raccoons, squirrels, and other rodents. The smallest owls eat birds and insects.

Most species of owls feed on rodents and mice. They swallow their prey whole. Saw-whet owls are known to eat deer mice in British Columbia. They select their prey based on its size and its vulnerability. They also eat western toads.

Burrowing owls are known to eat Deer mice and Black-tailed jackrabbits. They also eat Jerusalem crickets, tenebrionids, and vertebrates in the daytime. They live in dry ground, often in a hole, and are found in treeless rangelands in the South and North.

Barn owls are known to eat 10% of their body weight in food every day. They are a member of the family Tytonidae, and have a heart-shaped face and a sharp, pointed beak. They live in open farmland and are also known to eat shrews and frogs.

The northern saw-whet owl is a small owl that lives in the forest edge. It is similar in size to an American robin. The owl’s diet depends on its habitat. It is known to eat white-footed mice, deer mice, and other rodents.

Prey that owls eat in the wild

Depending on the species, owls may eat a variety of prey, including insects, rodents, snakes, crustaceans, and reptiles. Some owls hunt at dawn, while others hunt at dusk. Some owls will swallow their prey whole, while others will chew it up before swallowing.

Many owls prefer to feed on small rodents. Occasionally, a pygmy owl will eat a larger prey item, such as a lizard. The Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, for example, will swallow a four-lined skink whole.

In the Great Plains, the white-footed mouse is the primary prey. Other animals, such as deer mice, have been reported in British Columbia and Colorado. Some owls, such as the saw-whet owl, will eat spiders, spiders, and other invertebrates.

Some owls eat smaller prey items, such as worms and invertebrates, while others eat larger prey, such as squirrels, birds, and rabbits. Some owls are opportunistic feeders, which means that they will eat any animal that they can find.

Some owls, such as the Barn Owl, will only hunt during the night. They usually consume small mammals in fields and woods. Other owls, such as the barred owl, can catch prey on the ground.

Some owls, such the Long-eared Owl, are opportunistic hunters. They will eat a wide variety of animals, such as snakes, amphibians, and other small mammals. These owls face very intense competition for their prey, though.

Foods that owls eat in captivity

Whether you have a large owl or a little owl, you’ll find that he or she will eat all sorts of foods. Their diet depends on the species of owl, and the environment they live in. But in general, owls will eat anything that they can get their beaks on, from birds to ants.

In the wild, owls eat about 110 grams of food each day. They prefer eating meat, but they can also eat a variety of other foods. Their diet includes small mammals, insects, fish, and even fruits. Some owls will eat 25% of their body weight each day, while others will eat as much as 30%.

In captivity, owls will eat up to 60 grams of mice a day. They are also fed with vitamins and mineral supplements. But they should not be fed with amphibians or insects, as these can cause illness.

These animals can get leptospirosis, a parasitic disease, if they eat poisoned rats. If you want your owl to be healthy, you should feed it a diet rich in protein, but avoid feeding it amphibians and insects. You can meet their protein needs by feeding chicks or mice.

Owls are nocturnal, and they will hunt at night. Some species of owls will eat insects while other types will eat small rodents. Depending on the species, they will eat a variety of prey, including birds, mammals, reptiles, and fish.