Can they turn their head all the way around?
No, owls can’t turn their heads all the way around, although they can look much farther over their shoulders than we can.
That’s because the owls’ eyes are fixed in place in their skull — they can’t move their eyes up and down and from side to side like people can. So instead, they have to be able to move their heads farther to the left and right in order to see what’s happening around them. Owls can turn their heads around an amazing 270 degrees!
If you think of a clock face, it’s like the owls can turn their heads from the 1 to the 6, and all the way to the 11, but they can’t turn their heads through 12.