Spanish Nature Adventures – Learn How to Say Owl in Spanish

In this post: On this week’s Spanish Podcast episode of ¡Hola Nature! we learn all about owls. Learn different ways to say owl in Spanish and some fun nature facts, while you grab your FREE Spanish learning resource about owls. Post contains affiliate links. 

Do you want to learn how to say “owl” in Spanish? Join me as we explore the fascinating world of owls in Spanish! In this blog post, we’ll dive into the Spanish word for owl and some fascinating facts about these nocturnal birds. Don’t forget to tune in to an exciting episode of my Spanish podcast for kids where we’ll learn even more about owls en español.

Not only will you and your kids expand your vocabulary, but you’ll also gain a deeper appreciation for these amazing creatures and their important role in our ecosystems. So come along on this fun and educational adventure with me!

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How to say owl in Spanish

First things first, we need to make sure we all know how to say owl in Spanish! It is actually more complicated than most people realize. There are two main words for owl en español, and many think that they are synonyms or used depending on which country you’re speaking Spanish in. Actually, the two main words for owl are not synonyms and they describe two different families of owls!

One way to say owl in Spanish is búho (boo-oh) and this is used to describe owls in the Strigidae family. 

A second way to say owl is lechuza (leh-choo-sah) and this is used to describe owls in the Tytonidae family.

There is in fact a THIRD way to say owl in Spanish, and that is tecolote (teh-koh-loh-teh.) This is a word of Nahuatl origin and, again, can be used to refer to specific species of owls.

Owl Poem for Kids in Spanish

On episode 4 of the ¡Hola Nature! Spanish podcast for kids we start learning this sweet and short Spanish poem about a wise old owl. You can find the full poem here as well as the *rough* English translation. Want a cute print-out of the poem? Scroll down for your Spanish free printable from this week’s episode! 

Un Viejo Búho Sabio
por Anónimo

Un viejo búho sabio vivía en un roble
Cuanto más veía, menos hablaba.
Cuanto menos hablaba, más escuchaba
¿Por qué no podemos ser todos como ese viejo pájaro sabio?


English Translation:

A wise old owl
lived in an oak tree.
The more it saw,
the less it talked.
The less it talked,
the more it listened.
Why can’t we all be like
this wise old bird?

Books about Owls in English and Spanish

One of my favorite ways to study nature with my children is to have books they can get lost in! You can’t always go outside and see what you’re learning about first hand, but having a great book is the next best thing. Here are some of my favorite books for learning about owls in Spanish and English with my kids and students. 

Free Spanish Printable

Get this episode’s Spanish learning freebie all about owls! In it you will find a Spanish poem print out, owl coloring page, and beautiful poster with parts of the owl labeled. Joining the ¡Hola Nature! Spanish Podcast Freebie library will also let you check out all the previous Spanish learning resources from past episodes. 

Diving Deeper into Spanish Nature Study

If you and your children love learning about nature as much as I do, check out my nature based Spanish courses for kids of all ages. Whether you’re looking for a gentle start to nature study and Spanish with your young children, or you’re hoping for a bilingual nature study for your older children and teens – my Spanish courses have something for everyone!

Spanish Audubon Resources for Bird Study

We are so incredibly lucky to have resources like the Audubon available in Spanish! They have incredible games, online articles, and even ways to hear different owl calls. Want to learn how to draw an owl? They even have a video tutorial you can follow along with your kids!

Sound too good to be true? What if I told you the page was completely in Spanish! Check it out and keep your Spanish owl studies going strong. 

Tune in to Episode 4 of ¡Hola Nature!

I hope you love learning all about owls with me this week! Stay tuned for next time when we get to say hola, to nature.

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