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fej42



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2005 10:38 pm    Post subject: Identifying Gender?! Reply with quote

i've read that female owls are larger than males, what if you saw only one owl, how will you know if it's a male or a female? Confused Confused

and also, about their appetite, i'm wondering... if barn owls mostly live in barns, churches, or even old houses, that means house rats are included on the menu, right? so it's not harmful for them eating those kind of rats(which we thought of them as dirty rats)?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2005 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good question fej42! Its difficult to tell the difference between males and females unless you have seen enough of them to get an idea of average sizes. I know this doesn't help much, maybe someone else a better idea?
As for the barn owls, they could probably take a small rat, I'm not sure how big these rats are that you are referring to, but they can't prey that is too big, they are great hunters, but very light owls. Unless these rats have been poisened, it shouldn't be harmful to them at all.... hope that started to answer your question, and hopefully someone else can chime in?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2005 4:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok here is my two cents worth! not that it will help much. for barn owls spottiness can help as the females are usually spottier but a good thing to look at is the buff around the face, if it stops at eye level it is a male if it goes further down it is a girlie. The feet are also a good indication, chubby toes are girlies and spindly ones are male. As for the snowies that is pretty obvious the male is almost pure white whilst the female is very spotty.

that is all i know about distinguishing the two.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2005 5:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can only give tips on Great Horned Owls, and I don't know if it applies to other Bubo owls.... In Great Horned Owls the males have a wider head than females, and since they have a smaller body, their head is larger in proportion to their body than a female. Tough to figure out, though, unless you're pretty used to it. There are a few males, though, that are so obviously small with big, fat heads that it's not too hard to figure them as males. Razz

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2005 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

KarlaOwl! How naughty of you! Twisted Evil I think Alice has been influencing your thought patterns!

cheers - Ninox Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2005 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guess that did sound pretty sexist!! Didn't even realize it til I reread it just now. I should have said 'Great Horned Owl males have very W-I-D-E heads.' Wink

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2005 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hey guys thanks a lot!... Very Happy identifying the gender of other owl species Cute Owl means i need to know more about them! Very Happy

thanks again!

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2005 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah this is a good thread, and i didnt know that about gho's either. cheers karla
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2005 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i agree what a great thread, im much the same i can tell ym species if two are to getehr , at a loss when its one, i can tell male europeans by the size and also the they tend to have a little more brown than the fems. and as bubo pointed out the barn owls have different facial disks, and spots to go on. with tawnys and the long/short eared owls the other natives to us i am at aloss lol snowy owls have the obvious barring.
i will be keeping an eye ont his thread-it may put an end to "o theres a tawny, or ooo a bran owl lol .
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2005 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm hoping to learn more about identifying the gender of other owl species you know, so keep posting! Very Happy

- i'm really learning here... Cool -

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2005 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

males have bigger head cos they have bigger brains Very Happy




must becos we are more intelligent Surprised
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2005 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

heehhee - I was waiting for that Jester - and I somehow thought it would be you!!!

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2005 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nah that is what us girlies like to make you believe, males are such wind bags they need somewhere to store all that hot air!! some places are just too tiny Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2005 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bubo! You wicked woman - and after the lovely birthday greetings the fellas all sent you!!

cheers - Ninox Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2005 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh bummer i feel bad now, i read this before i got to my birthday well wishes. Ok i'll take it back for today Very Happy
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