Do owls drink water?

While closing one night I saw a barred owl standing in the water and pondered, What is that owl doing? A few moments later I watched as the owl took several drinks of water.  I snapped some pictures with my phone and shared them with Keeper Kent who says he’s never seen an owl drink water before. Kent has been a keeper here for a long time so if he hasn’t seen owls drink then most of our readers haven’t either. In fact owls get most of the moisture they need from the prey they eat, so this is a rare sight. Enjoy the pictures below.

8 responses to Do owls drink water?

  1. Sherry Samuels says:

    Which owl is that? I’m glad s/he is standing with her/his “good side” to the camera.

  2. Katy says:

    If you come in at 7am you can see at least one of them drinking on most mornings. 1 Wing will also often play with the mulch in the mornings throwing it all over the place!

  3. Quintin B Storey says:

    I have not ever heard of an owl drinking water. However, I realize that I have not learned everything of owls… This is Amazing …

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