When owls are resting, they tuck their heads into their feathers, creating a protective shield and minimizing their exposure to predators. This posture also helps them to conserve body heat, as their feathers provide insulation. The tucked head and neck also creates a more streamlined silhouette, helping them to blend in with their surroundings. Additionally, owls cannot open their eyes when they sleep because of the structure of their skulls.
Most owls are nocturnal, but some species are crepuscular and are most active at dawn or dusk. These owls are often found hunting food during the day, and then they find a secluded place to rest for the night. These concealed roosts can include trees, rock crevices, or even human-made structures like barns or power poles. They may choose a location with plenty of shade to help them keep cool, and they will usually stay away from places where they might be harassed by predators or other owls looking for food.
The majority of owls can be found in woodlands, but some species like the barred and screech-owls are ground-dwelling birds that will often rest on the ground or inside burrows. When owls do sleep on the ground, they are generally hidden in clumps of grass or underneath bushes to protect them from the elements and predators.
When young owls are sleeping, they are known to take a series of short naps throughout the day. This is because they don’t have the strength or endurance to sleep upright like adults. Instead, they need to rest on their stomachs and face to the side. This position allows them to use their toes to grip tree branches firmly, so they do not fall from the trees.