Owls are considered the most stealthy bird. Are they more stealthy than felines or this is not able to be compared?
Very difficult to qualitatively quantify with hard numbers, but looking at success rate Study done with two captive Barn owls showed they were successful 90% & 21% of the time, on stationary prey, for an average success rate of 55% http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.11... Leopards considered by many the most stealthy of the big cats, supreme night hunters. Leopards in daylight successful at less than 25% of the time on medium sized prey, With numbers going up slightly at night. http://animals.howstuffworks.com/mammals... Looking somewhat confined at those numbers, Barn Owls are twice as successful each time out, compared to Leopards. It should be noted that each animal has specific adaptations that skews the comparison. Leopards can take many different size prey, while Barn owls prey almost exclusively on a specific size prey. Additionally, an owls eyes are fixed and stationary, meaning it has to turn its head to change the field of view. If a prey is alerted to an attack, and is able to move to either side, the owl will probably miss. The problem for the prey, is detecting that attack.
Between bats and owls, which one is more stealthy?
Oh, owls, without a doubt. Owls use “passive” sound detection and location, and their feathers are so delightfully effective at being ‘soundless’ that you won’t hear the owl as it flies toward you.Bats, on the other hand, are using active echo-location, and even their prey can often pick it up. Some moths, for instance “spoof” the signals to temporarily blind the bats. We can usually hear bats, if our ears are good enough, by the metallic clicking or ticking noises their echolocation sonar makes.I’ve also been able to hear the wingbeats of flying bats.Moths Rub Their Genitals Together to Jam Bat Sonar
How intelligent are falcons?
Fair to middlin’. On the bird intelligence scale, I’d put falcons and hawks at about a (4–5) out of 10. Not brainiacs, but not total morons either. The Report Card says C+Smarter than wise owls (2). Smarter than grouse and mourning doves (3). Less intelligent than most migratory songbirds (6–7). Not nearly as smart as vultures (8). Or corvids and parrots (9–10).Identifying “intelligence” of any animal is highly subjective. Birds are no different. You can use various factors like brain size, trainability, mimicking ability, behavior (like tool use!), problem solving, navigation, etc. There are some obvious stars like some vultures, corvids and parrots… but the rest… the data is mostly sketchy. What I’ve written above is reasonably accurate.The biggest surprise for most people continues to be the owl, because of the folk image of them being “wise”. But consider this… an owl’s brain is smaller than its eyeball!There’s a rhyme for the bird we call pelicanWhose beak holds more than his belly canBut have you heard that the owl we call wiseHas a brain much smaller than his eyes?** If you enjoyed this raptor story, I have 25 fun bird rescue videos I took at the Raptor Center, some of which you may find interesting to watch: https://www.youtube.com/user/wun...
Why do cat owners insist on using litter boxes instead of letting them go outside, provided they have a backyard?
I sometimes wish I could let my cats out. I have seven adults and three, new, rescued kittens. All have been indoor cats since they were all rescued as very young kittens. We use to live in an apartment and had three litter trays on a daily rotation. I used cat crystals which are great at absorbing liquid and odours. Since moving into our (rental) house I only allow one adult male to come outside with me. Why only one? He is obese! I let him out in the hopes of some exercise as there are stairs to different levels of the yard and he is too obese to jump the fence. Now before you all jump on me for having an obese cat, hear me out. All of our cats have been rescues. When we first found this little guy he was so malnourished, underweight and in very poor health we did not think he would survive. For the first few days we had him he pooped insect shells… The poor thing had subsisted by eating cockroaches and goodness only know what else. He has had food issues ever since. Yes we've tried diets. He gets so anxious and overwrought if there is no food available he has panic attacks. We leave a full bowl of dry biscuits out all the time. He'll inspect it, eat one or two and move on. If the bowl gets to half full, he lays with his head resting on the edge with his paws around the bowl and guards it. We keep the bowl full. The vet says that apart from his weight he's very healthy. The vet nurse sympathizes. She has a horse the was rescued as a starvation case and also has food issues. My big boy is very affectionate, protective of us if strangers are in the house and is always the first to be nice to new kittens. He is the alpha and a father figure. My daughter says he's a feline pit bull. I don't like him being obese but I like him being distressed and anxious even less. I know he'll have a shorter life span but he's content and happy. We have also discovered the new neighbourhood we are in is inundated with feral cats and undesexed neighbour cats. The fights and mating go on all the time! I don't want my cats injured by others that could be carrying nasty diseases. All mine (except the kittens, still too young) are desexed, vaccinated etc. The kittens, you guessed it, were ferals born in our yard and abandoned at a week old during a fierce storm. We could have let them drown, or starve. But what is three more when you already have seven… I have had up to 12 at one stage. Oh, and yes, we have a dog too.
Do snakes recognize their human owners like other animals such as dogs and cats?
I believe my snake recognized my temperature and smell and music, Lestat a 12inch california king snake I got for christmas would specifically seek out the regular spots I would keep him not only for warmth but I think he recognized me as part of his enviroment. I would say give me kisses and he would flick his tounge for a scent wether it was concidence or I trained him that way I'm not entirely sure but he would go after other people if he didn't recognize the smell and lunge to bite, it was a really hard habit to break so when I introduced him to someone new I would hold their hands first or ease him into the transition over a few seconds. Eventually he was great with my baby sitting kids so I ended up donating him to a science class when my husband adopted Ripple our previously insane pitbull pointer mix who kept going after the tank, the kids got kick out of him. I think he also recognized the vibrations of music I played so if I had music playing he would come out of his tunnel and squirm around for certain songs and other songs he would just dig himself in the sand and nap through. He came out for heavy metal and numetal, but never when I played their doors. My guess it was the vibrations.
What is the stealthiest most quick and agile animal in all of the animal kingdom?
Owl because it does not make noise while flying And also it is fast.