Hindi Animal Spotlight: Ulloo

Owl in Hindi is ulloo. In this article we are going to have a Hindi animal lesson: ulloo. We will learn about owls and simultaneously learn some new Hindi words. The Hindi words are in parentheses and you’ll find all of the new Hindi vocabulary at the end of article for you to review. To make it easier, the Hindi words are spelled the way students in the US learn to read.


  • Photos of ulloo’s
  • Videos about ulloo’s
  • Ulloo facts
  • Story time with Samta Aunty
  • Hindi vocabulary words
An ulloo with peelee aankhen (yellow eyes).

First, how do we pronounce the Hindi word for owl? Just click the play button below, to learn.

How to pronounce the Hindi word for owl.

Ulloo Facts: Did You Know That…

Most Owls are nocturnal. Ulloo nishaachar hai. What does nocturnal or, in Hindi, nishaachar mean? It means that they sleep during the day and they are active at night. why? Why are owls active at night? They are nocturnal for 3 (theen) reasons:

  • there’s less competition at night for food
  • to stay safe from predators
  • to avoid heat

Yaad rakho (remember), most ulloo’s are nocturnal, but there are some that are diurnal – active during the day.

There are 250 Species of Ulloo’s

Ulloo’s are categorized into two family groups:

  • Tytonidae which have heart shaped faces
  • Strigidae which have round faces
Ulloo’s Live All Over The World (Dooneeya)!

Ulloo’s live on almost every continent in the world (dooneeya). They live in environments that are very hot (garam) such as desserts as well as places that are very cold (thandee). But there are no owls in the Arctic nor Antarctica.

5 Senses: Paanch Indreeyan

Just like you and me, ulloo’s have 5 senses, which in Hindi we call paanch indreeyan. But out of all the paanch indreeyan their sight (dheykna) and hearing (soona) are the most powerful.

Ulloo’s have exceptional vision (dhekhna). An ulloo’s eyes (aankhen) are very big (bada). This allows them to see better at night. They can see about 8x better at night than humans. And they are far sighted. They can see very far away. And did you know that some ulloo’s have 3 (theen) eyelids on each eye? Yep! Us humans have two eyelids per eye – one on the top (upar) and one on the bottom (neechay). But some ulloo’s have a 3rd one that’s diagonal across the eye. And its job is to clean their eye.

Also, did you know that owls can only look straight ahead? Yep! Humans can look up, down, and side-to-side. But ulloo’s can only look straight ahead. BUT they have adapted by being able to move their heads 270 degrees! They can almost swivel their head all the way around. So if an owl wants to look to its side, instead of moving its eyes, it moves its head.

Ulloo’s can only see straight ahead. They cannot look side-to-side. But they can move their head nearly 270-degrees. So when they want to look in other directions, instead of moving their eyes, they move their whole head.

Ulloo’s also have exceptional hearing (soona). They can hear the slightest rustling – even underground and even under snow! This helps them when they are hunting. An owl’s whole head is designed for listening. They have round faces that are shaped like a satellite dish to detect sound.

An ulloo has thick feathers around its face that carry sound waves to its ears (kaano) which are hidden underneath the feathers on the sides of its face. You know on your face, your ears are at the same height on your face? Well, some owls have an ear that’s higher than the other. That lets them better detect what height as well as what direction the sound is coming from. Pretty cool huh?!

Not only that but owl bodies have evolved so that they fly very very quietly. They can soar through the air without barely making a sound which makes it easier for them to sneak up on their prey without being detected.

A selective focus shot of an owl with yellow eyes
How Does An Ulloo’s Hearing Work? Watch the video!

What Do Ulloo’s Eat?

Ulloo’s are birds of prey – that means that they are hunters. So they eat all of these animals you see here.

Three of the Biggest Ulloo Species

The Great Horned Ulloo
Great Horned Ulloo

This is a Great Horned Ulloo – duniya ka sub se bada ulloo – the largest ulloo in the world. When fully grown its wingspan is 4.6 feet. These ulloo’s live throughout North and South America.

The Snowy Ulloo
The Snowy Ulloo

The 2nd largest ulloo in the world is the Snowy Ulloo, with a wingspan of 4.8 feet. This ulloo weighs 4.5lb. That’s so chota! So small! It lives in North America and the Arctic. Its white coat gives it warmth and helps it camouflage with the snow. See how it has a bunch of feathers around its beak? Those help them feel objects that are nearby. 

The Great Grey Ulloo
The Great Grey Ulloo

This is another species of ulloo called the Great Grey Ulloo. They live in North America and have a wingspan of 5ft. Look at their beautiful aankhen (eyes). 

Ulloo Ka Ghar (Ulloo’s Home)

An ulloo’s ghar (home) or resting place is called its roost. And most ulloo’s roost alone. There are a few species that roost communally though. Ulloo’s are not good at building nests and often will ‘move in’ to a nest that has already been built and abandoned.

Story Time With Samta Aunty

A story about an owl (ulloo) and a swan (hans). Stay at the end for a quick review of the Hindi vocabulary you learned during the story.

Review Hindi Vocabulary From The Story

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