If you see a pueo or sign of one, such as a pellet, please report to us.
One of our researchers is analyzing pueo roost sites and diet by dissecting their pellets. Pellets are indigestible material left in the gizzard such as teeth, skulls, claws, and feathers that are unable to pass through the rest of the owl's digestive tract. To safely excrete this material, the owl's gizzard compacts it into a tight pellet that the owl regurgitates. Owls often roost on posts. Below a roosting site you may encounter multiple pellets. If you encounter a pueo roost site or pellet, please mark your location and submit a report to us. We greatly appreciate it!
Pueo Pellet Examples:
Pellets can be highly variable. There are slight differences between Barn Owl and Pueo pellets. Please take a picture with your pellet report and we will assess species associated with the pellet. These are samples of pueo pellets taken by Molly Hagemann at the Bishop Museum.