Harry Potter and Warner Bros. have brought recent attention to pet owls. Harry has a Snowy Owl that he takes to wizard school with him, and the movie, "Legend of the Guardians," has sparked an interest in owls in children everywhere.
There are over 200 different kinds of owls, ranging in weights from 1 ounce to 10 pounds. Snowy owls are probably the most popular pet owl because of the Harry Potter movies. Owls eat small mammals, other birds, and insects using their large talons and sharp beaks. Most owls are nocturnal and hunt their prey using their unique owl features.
Owls don't talk, are most active at night, and eat whole prey food. All these characteristics make for a unique and unconventional pet.
Owls are extremely smart birds, often associated with wisdom in western culture. They are typically solitary and aren't known to be affectionate.
In captivity, owls are usually fed whole, live or pre-killed mice, rats, chicks and more. A varied diet is important to maintain, making it difficult to properly care for an owl as a pet.
Pet Owl Alternatives
Many bird of prey centers have owls that can be adopted. The center continues to care for the bird properly, but you or your child can go visit the bird anytime you want while being assured the bird is being cared. This helps out a wild animal in need, the center who cares for the owls, and allows you and your child to feel like they are a part of something.