Are All Owls Actually Night Owls

Wildlife NewsBy Laura Geggel, Senior Writer | September 19, 2016 04:15pm ET

Who knew — the great grey owl hunts during the nighttime, dawn and dusk.
Credit: Michal Ninger

Owls are so famous for their nighttime escapades, that the phrase "night owl" developed to describe people who stay up late. But the saying is actually a bit misleading because some owls are active daytime hunters, experts told Live Science.

During the daytime, while some owls are sleeping, the northern hawk owl (Surnia ulula) and the northern pygmy owl (Glaucidium gnoma) are hunting for meals, making them diurnal — that is, active during the daytime, said Marc Devokaitis, a public information specialist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York.

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