Ask an Opossum

By MDC | March 1, 2022
From Xplor: March/April 2022

Hi! I’m Phi, Xplor’s mail possum. I know a lot about nature. If you have a question, email me at

Q: Why do owls hunt at night?

From Harrison, age 7

A: Hoo knows? Maybe they’re too lazy to get up early. My cousin Scruffy got eaten by an owl, so I’m not a fan. But to answer your question, owls hunt at night for several reasons. Special feathers let owls swoop silently, so nighttime is the right time to catch prey by surprise (poor Scruffy). Excellent eyesight and keen hearing help owls pinpoint prey in the dark. And finally, by working the night shift, owls don’t compete with daytime hunters like hawks.


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