Do You Know that an Owl Flies Without Sounds?

Friday, May 15, 2020
An owl siting on the branch of tree

I saw owls in my backyard sometimes, but I never know that they fly so smoothly without sound.

To have an idea, you may compare an owl and other birds while they are flying in this video: Experiment! How Does An Owl Fly So Silently?

It is clear that other birds produce sound while their wings flap. The noise is due to air turbulence created by flapping wings.

In case of owl, no sound is produced is relating to at least to three following factors:
- the structure of two wings resemble to the comb
- wings have great quality of velvet feathers to form soft layers
- owl’s feathers form the ragged fringe on the wing trailing edge.

The combination of these 3 factors is believed to reduce turbulence noise while owl flying.

Another reason that owl has broad wings, thus make its gliding more, but flapping less. Gliding more means no noise, silent.

Flying silently make owls to be efficient predator in the night, their prey can not able to detect dangerous warning.

In many palm plantations, owls have been used to reduce damages due to rodent pests. They could catch 3 to 5 rats per night. Success story of using silent flying predator.

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  1. Thanks for your informative article ­čśŐ

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    1. one of unique birds....

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  3. Interesting--I agree that they have the ability to glide very stealthy, but if they are to gain altitude, I'm pretty sure I've heard the flapping of their wings. We have several owls in our neighborhood and they are great at reducing the number of marsh rats and squirrels.

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  4. I had no idea - I never saw a live owl
    greetings
    Lili

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  5. That is amazing. I just learned the little hummingbirds cannot walk.

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      In case of owl, no sound is produced is relating to at least to three following factors:
      - the structure of two wings resemble to the comb
      - wings have great quality of velvet feathers to form soft layers
      - owl’s feathers form the ragged fringe on the wing trailing edge.

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  6. Owls are stunning creatures. I did not realize their wings did not make noise in flight.

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      The combination of these 3 factors is believed to reduce turbulence noise while owl flying.

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  7. I didn't know that an owl flies without sound. The video is amazing and it's true there wasn't sound at all when it came to an owl's turn to fly.
    Have a nice weekend, safe and healthy!

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    1. I just know...amazing

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      Flying silently make owls to be efficient predator in the night, their prey can not able to detect dangerous warning.

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      In many palm plantations, owls have been used to reduce damages due to rodent pests. They could catch 3 to 5 rats per night. Success story of using silent flying predator.

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  10. Buona serata e serena domenica.

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  11. How curious that an owl doesn't make noise! It is something that I did not know, thank you very much for sharing it Tanza, very interesting. I have heard pigeons fly, they make noise when they take flight and when they "land" on the ground.
    Have a great weekend,
    big hugs, Caty

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    1. I just read it....

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  12. Owls are so beautiful and great to have in your area. I do know that at night I can hear them Howl!

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  13. So incredibly graceful and beautiful! Thank you for the link to the video, Tanza. I really enjoyed it:)

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      It is clear that other birds produce sound while their wings flap. The noise is due to air turbulence created by flapping wings.

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  14. No, I did not Know that an Owl Flies Without Sounds. That's very interesting. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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      In case of owl, no sound is produced is relating to at least to three following factors:
      - the structure of two wings resemble to the comb
      - wings have great quality of velvet feathers to form soft layers
      - owl’s feathers form the ragged fringe on the wing trailing edge.

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  15. Thats very interesting info :)

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      The combination of these 3 factors is believed to reduce turbulence noise while owl flying.

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      Another reason that owl has broad wings, thus make its gliding more, but flapping less. Gliding more means no noise, silent.

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  17. Owls are silent warriors, love them.

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      Flying silently make owls to be efficient predator in the night, their prey can not able to detect dangerous warning.

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  18. Wow that's interesting. Love owls!

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      In many palm plantations, owls have been used to reduce damages due to rodent pests. They could catch 3 to 5 rats per night. Success story of using silent flying predator.

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  19. I just see owl on the picture.
    Never known owl could catch arts.
    Have a nice week-end.

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