Dissecting an owl pellet provides a fascinating insight into the secretive lives of owls. As birds of prey, owls will often swallow their prey whole, but parts of their prey – such as the fur and bones – can’t be digested. It’s these indigestible parts that get clumped together into a pellet and regurgitated (coughed up). By finding these pellets and looking at what’s inside them, you can work out what your local owls have been eating.
What you will need:
- An owl pellet
- Tweezers (optional)
- Cocktail sticks or a needle pushed into a cork (optional)
- A tray
- A magnifying glass (optional)
- Plain paper
How to dissect your owl pellet:
Watch our video to find out how to dissect your pellet.
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