How Long Does an Owl Live? Facts and Interesting Information About Owls!

Owls are widespread in the United States, and one of the most recognizable birds in North America. Many people can identify a pair of owls by their distinctive calls, from the ear-piercing scream to the quivery trill. As long as you can hear them, they will be there for you! They live on all continents except Antarctica and many islands.

Owls only live about nine to ten years in the wild, while some can live up to 25. The lifespan of an owl is primarily dependent on their natural habitat and how they are cared for. In captivity, they can grow old and even die after many years or decades without aging signs such as feathers turning grey or losing eyesight.

The long-eared owl (Asio otus) sitting in the autumn forest on the ground in the leaves. Colorful autumn forest.

Owl Lifespan for Different Species

Owls are some of the most popular birds in the world. With their large eyes, long beaks and eerie screeches, they have an appeal that is hard to resist. They are also known for their lifespan which varies from species to species depending on various factors like habitat, diet and lifespan of owls can vary from 10 years in barn owls to more than 100 years with great horned owl.

Owls live longer in the capture

Owls live longer in captivity than their natural habitat because they can fly around freely and due to the lack of dangers in captivity there are no natural predators. Habitat Plays Important Role in Owls Lifespan

While natural habitats of owls may be harsh, they also help them to survive. A good example is the barn owl which over years adapted itself into living among humans and it eats rabbits that people keep as pets or feed on small animals like rodents. Other species live in areas with smaller prey but have a very clumsy flight pattern because of their size and weight hence less risk of predators.

The Eurasian eagle-owl (Bubo bubo) flying in a beautiful autumn forest for its prey. Owl on the hunt.

Habitat factors that increase lifespan

By living in a human dominated environment the above owls are able to benefit from safety of man’s feat like homes and barns, this helps them survive even with less resources(which also explains why they can live longer in captivity). The owl species which spend more time on ground (~70%) tend to have an average shorter lifespan than birds which travel only during night without resting (20%). Scientists believe that it is because of this weight on ground reduces the free movement during flight and hence makes them more vulnerable to falling prey.

Common reasons for the death of owls

The owls mostly die due to collisions with structures like cars and even people. Some species are also killed by people because they consider these birds as “the agents of witches”and kill them for their feathers. Due to the generally peaceful nature owls are not targeted much by human predators but sometimes due to confusion with larger owl species humans shoot or shoot at it thinking that it is a predator which harms cattle or other livestock(according to recent data 2-3% of deaths every year and only 3 states have banned this practice). To prevent such deaths and to protect them from anthropogenic threats states like California, Washington state, Oregon and Wisconsin have banned hunting them.

What is the oldest owl known?

The Great Horned Owl, which has lived for 29 years, is the record holder for the longest living owl in North America, and while it is unlikely for many owls to do the same (since 20 years is the average maximum lifespan for most owls), it is still possible for owls can live past 20 years under the right circumstances. They can be found in all parts of the world. At least 37 species live in North America, 29 are present in South America, 25 are introduced elsewhere and 14 can be found globally. The United States National Park Service lists 69 native owl species that inhabit the entire range of each US national park (except for Yosemite).

Long eared owl, Asio otus, bird of prey perched and resting in a tree wih snow in winter daytime colors facing camera.

Keeping an Owl Healthy

1. Housing for an Owl

The first consideration should be the proper enclosure or cage for your owl. This should extend to give at least twice as much room beyond the entrance hole without other hazards like swinging branches, tripping wires and water intake risks. The size of this area can vary depending upon breed (Owls are not like parrots that need to fly around in bantam sized cages). If you replace old cages with bigger ones then make sure that the dimensions of these cages are increased to accommodate. In addition, snakes and other carnivores that dwell within your walls may have been present prior to your owl’s arrival so extra care should be taken in ensuring that they allows them room to breathe without being injured from a climbing animal or branches. Owls will also suffer if you ignore this warning(again similar to parrots).

Owl attacks on pets who try attacking their owners is common enough – but there are far less cases of owl attacks on pets – therefore make sure that your birds can easily move aside. There also needs to be proper ventilation and fresh air intake: On the other hand, Owls like a lot colder place which is not always possible with smaller cages (although this should vary depending upon species).

2. Diet for an Owl and Nutrition and Feeding

Owls can eat most animals (birds, fish) that they come across with the exception of rodents. Most commercially available owl food is created for birds; however, most small mammals will do in an emergency although there may be a need to supplement the diet due to proximity hazards like dogs or cats. Owls require a diet that is rich in protein and fat, but low on carbohydrates. Many crickets contain chitin (a chewy substance similar to the skin of insects) which can be irritating to Owls if consumed not just for an Owl’s digestion problem but it may cause them health problems down the road so anything with soft coats are best avoided.

3. Providing Proper Exercise

Owls are birds which means one of the questions asked in determining if they were properly exercised is how far their wings have expanded––how long has it been since 22 weeks? That being said, Owls should be provided 2-3 hours daily. This typically maxes out at about 16 inches (which is generally considered standard for a size two or three birdcage), but many owners will provide 18inches and it is usually okay. Smaller Owls may need more time for larger owls and longer wings may also allow them to fly higher altitudes, which could be an evolutionary advantage – Charles V of Spain’s Owl was reported at 32 inches. Improper exercise can cause health problems such as lung or reproductive damage, compromised immune systems that render the owl unable to fight disease therefore exposing it to harm from predators without any defense mechanisms against their diseased feathers, and heat stroke.