Have You Ever Wondered How Long An Owl’s Legs Really Are?

Nature hides all kinds of secrets, but some of them happen to be hidden in plain sight, right before our eyes. One of these surprises is the length of the legs of owls. Most owls’ legs are covered by their plumage, but for a few — like the barn owl — they’re in full view. So, why do owls have long legs? The answer is primarily for extra strength when hunting, so the owl can effectively kill and carry their prey. Owls swoop feet first to attack and grab their prey, so they need strong, lengthy legs behind their super sharp talons. In fact, they an exert up to 30 pounds of pressure when they squeeze their talons into their prey. They also have a long fibula, which helps the owl to rotate its legs and feet for extra movement when catching prey.