The Science of Owls

Own Pellet Dissections were on the agenda for the Year 9 science class today. Mrs Posa had the students finding an array of interesting items embedded in these regurgitated items. So, what is an Owl Pellet? Pellets are small, sausage-shaped objects, containing the undigested parts of the birds’ food which are ejected through the mouth.

They consist of things like the bones of birds, mammals and fish, teeth, claws and beaks, insect head parts and wing cases, seed husks etc. These are usually enclosed by softer material like fur, feathers  and vegetable fibre.

Despite not being an unpleasant object to study, the contents have been quite surprising!

A very interesting morning in the lab.

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