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Name: Mary H.
Status: other
Age: 20s
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Date: 2/25/2004

Do owls have a sense of smell?

My guess is no because birds in general do NOT have a good sense of smell. Very good eyesight and hearing.


Owls generally have a limited sense of smell, but their existence depends upon their hearing and their site. Their sense of smell can be illustrated by the fact that Great Horned Owls (Bubo v.) enjoy wallowing in the perfume of skunks. Every GHO I have encountered smelled like skunk. They have been observed rubbing themselves in the skunks carcasses and their behavior has been described as appearing that the owl was enjoying the experience. Anthropomorphized? Possibly.

Most birds do not have a well-developed olfactory capability.

Steve Sample

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