Owls of all types are renowned for their hunting skills. The ability to rotate heads 270 degrees, acute hearing and eyesite in all light conditions and ferocious talons combine to make them one of nature’s ultimate killing machines. Despite pressure on their natural habitat, this hunting prowess has helped make owls one of the most widespread of all the birds on the planet with species on every continent except antarctica.

Porfell is home to many owls including Barn owls, Tawny owls, Bengal Eagle Owls and European Eagle Owls. Some of the owls at Porfell have been trained to fly to and from our warden’s arm. Have a go at Falconry at Porfell


All owls have exceptional vision but the Snowy Owl is perhaps the most remarkable. It can spot prey up to 1 mile away – often white furred-animals camouflaged against a white icy background.

Try Owl Flying at Porfell

Listen to the calls of owls from around the world (external link)

Owl facts

  • Conservation Status:
    Least Concern
  • Habitat: Worldwide
  • No of species: 200
  • Smallest: Elf Owl (31g, 13.5cm)
  • Largest: Blakiston’s Fish Owl, Great Grey Owl, Eurasian Eagle Owl (up to 2m wingspan, 4.5kg)
Scientific classification

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Strigiformes
  • Families: Typical owls (Strigidae), Barn owls (Tytonidae)


Baby owl.

A beautiful owl at Porfell.

Another rare owl at Porfell Wildlife Park, Cornwall.

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Owl Flying in Cornwall at Porfell

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