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What is an owl pellet?
Owls are nocturnal birds of prey that hunt for food at night and sleep during the day. An owl’s diet might include small rodents such as mice, voles, and smaller rats. Owls also eat other small birds, bugs, and insects. The owl’s body can not digest all of the parts of their prey.
Indigestible body parts such as teeth, bones, fur, and feathers form into a small, oval-shaped mass in the owl’s stomach. The owl later spits up this mass and deposits it on the ground. These pellets are collected and sterilized for scientists to conduct food chain investigations in an owl’s ecosystem. Interested in conducting your own owl pellet investigation? Order today.