Owl is one type of owl that is often used as an animal to exterminate rats in the agricultural sector. Owls are the sworn enemies of mice. Because of that, many farmers and agricultural companies began to use owls to deal with rat attacks.
As a natural predator, the Javan Serak owl is the most popular and reliable mouse hunter, both in oil palm plantations and in rice farming. In agriculture, a pair of owls can protect 25 hectares of rice crops. Within one year, an owl can prey on 1300 mice.
Owls are also effective rodent predators in oil palm plantations. The use of owls can reduce rat attacks on young oil palm plants to below 5 percent. In terms of cost, controlling rat attacks using owls is 50 percent lower than controlling rats chemically.
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Abilities of an Owl
Owls are carnivorous birds that are active at night or are called nocturnal animals. Owls have a unique and sometimes scary sound.
Moreover, in Indonesia, owls are considered as bearers of death omen. This assumption makes it sound even more sinister. Even so, owls are actually beautiful birds. Her fur and the heart shape on her face is so beautiful, isn’t it? Plus, owls have a variety of uniqueness. One of his famous uniqueness is that he can turn his neck all the way back.
Owl eyes are very unique. His eyes are not like our eyeballs that can move right and left freely. Reported from the mentalfloss.com page, the owl’s eyes are long tubes that reach into the skull. The shape of his eyes like this makes his eyes unable to move.
However, owl eyes can see in the dark. Owls can also see at long distances so they can see prey from several meters away. However, his vision was blurry when he saw something nearby. It has to rely on the tiny hairs on its beak and feet to taste its food.
Owls have sharp hearing, you know, Ma. It can hear prey under leaves, plants, dirt, and snow. This uniqueness helps it to pick up on small differences in sound waves to find prey.
Some other owls use their faces to hear. They have special fur on their flat faces. It is this special feather that helps them focus
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Flying and Special Abilities of an Owl
Owls can fly very far, reaching 64 kilometers. Uniquely, he can fly that far without making a sound, you know. It can fly unnoticed.
The ability of this owl is obtained from the unique design of its wings and feathers. Reporting from the mentalfloss.com page, the main wings have a serrated shape, like a comb. Its function is to break up air turbulence so it doesn’t make a sound when flying.
Then, the feathers on the owl’s wings are very soft. The texture of the feathers like this can absorb the swishing sound of the main wings. The ability to fly far and soundless makes owls called one of the great hunters. It can ambush prey easily, although it doesn’t fly at lightning speed like an eagle.
Owls are famous for their ability to twist their necks. According to mentalfloss.com, he can turn his neck up to 270 degrees. Unique, huh?
Sometimes, this uniqueness makes it look scary. However, this ability helps him see prey, you know Ma, considering his eyes can’t move.
Owls have 14 bones in their neck. This amount is twice the number of bones in the human neck. The owl’s neck also has a large cavity. So, the blood can still flow properly to the brain when the head or neck is turned back.
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