PacSci-Doku: "Good Sibling" Answer
By Dennis Schatz - Senior Vice President for Strategic Programs
The question in this edition is:
What bird shares food with its weaker sibling?
The answer: Barn Owls
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Owls are fascinating and mysterious. As creatures of the night, they are more likely to be heard than seen. Their large eyes allow them to see in the limited light. Their large ear openings can hear the faint rustling of their prey (e.g. rats and mice) across the ground. The flat owlish face and ability to rotate its head almost 360 degrees give the owl a personal satellite dish to pinpoint the direction of faint sounds. Studies of barn owls also show a generous nature where they share food with younger, weaker siblings -- rare among other animals. Learn More
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