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Owls
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Vocabulary
     challenging words:    disadvantage, forward-facing, indigestible, parliament, pitch-dark, regurgitation, pinpoint, upside-down, therefore, occasionally, eyesight, mating, mid-air, skillful, species, environment


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Owls   

1     As night falls, this bird slowly emerges from its daytime sleep. It rests on a tree branch in the dark and uses its acute hearing to pick up sounds made by prey. It occasionally turns its head three-quarters of the way around to look for its next meal. Once a victim is located, it launches a surprise attack by approaching the prey in silence. This skillful hunter is an owl!
 
2     There are over 200 different types of owls. They can be found in all places except for the region of Antarctica. Most owls are active at night. However, there are a few species of them - such as snowy owls living in the Arctic - that hunt in broad daylight. Owls usually live alone or in pairs. During the mating season, however, owls may gather in groups. A group of owls is called a parliament. Owls are the so-called "birds of prey" because they eat living animals like lizards, birds, fish, or insects. Birds of prey share several common features that make them great predators - they have hooked beaks, sharp claws, and keen eyesight. Eagles, hawks, and falcons are other examples of birds of prey.
 
3     Owls have large, round heads with big, forward-facing eyes. Like our eyes, theirs can see objects in three dimensions (height, width, and depth), and can judge distance. Unlike our eyes, theirs cannot roll or move in their sockets. To make up for this disadvantage, owls have 14 vertebrae (bones) in their necks allowing them to turn their heads 270 degrees and almost upside-down!

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