How owls use their whole face to hunt

June 10, 2015, 1:58 p.m.

Owls have incredible hunting skills, and much of it comes down to their extraordinary hearing and vision. But there is more than just ears and eyes that help the owls locate prey.

Owls have what looks like a flat face, but really it is the distribution of a ring of stiff feathers that create a bowl-like shape around their head. The feathers of the face collect and channel sound to the ears. By having this sort of satellite dish of a face, they can more effectively hear and pinpoint the direction of sound.

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Jaymi Heimbuch is a writer and photographer at Mother Nature Network. Follow her on Twitter, Google+ and Facebook.