Friday Feathered Facts

A frequent question asked about our raptors is “How long do they live?”  As a general rule in all animal life, the larger the species, the longer their life span.  Tiny Elf Owls will live 5-8 years in the wild and the small screech-owl will live to be about 10.  The larger Barn Owl can reach a nice old age of 15-20 in the wild while the large Great Horned Owl can easily be 20-25 years old.  When Great Horned Owls are well cared for in captivity (abundant food, low stress), they can reach a very respectable age of 30-35.  These older birds must truly be the wise old owls.

Northern Saw-when Owl Spotted Owl Western Screech-Owl