101 Facts… Owls

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Contents

General
Extinct Species
Anatomy & Senses
Eating Habits
Mating & Reproduction
Communication
Barn Owl
Burrowing Owl
Eagle-Owls
Eared Owls
Earless Owls
Elf Owl
Fish Owls
Hawk Owls (Boobooks)
Horned Owls
Northern Hawk-Owl
Pygmy Owls
Screech-Owls
Scops-Owls
Snowy Owl
Owls in Culture
Photo Credits

General

Owl are birds belonging to the order Strigiformes. The word Strigiformes comes from the Greek words strix, which means “owl”, and forma, which means “shape”.

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Owl by Farid Fleifel cc2.0

There are more than 200 species of owls worldwide. They are found on every continent, except Antarctica, and in a wide variety of habitats, including deserts, rainforests, urban areas, grasslands and even the Arctic tundra.

Owls are divided into two families – Strigidae, which consists of the true owls, and Tytonidae, which is further divided into two sub-families – the barn owls (Tytoninae) and the bay owls (Phodilinae).

True owls can be differentiated from barn owls and bay owls by the shapes of their faces. While both have large heads, true owls have rounded heads, with some species having ear tufts. Barn owls and bay owls, on the other hand, have heart-shaped faces.

Barn owls do not have ear tufts while bay owls do.

Except for a few species, owls are nocturnal. They spend the day resting in their nests, whether in trees, barns, on the ground or in man-made nesting boxes, and then come out at night to hunt. They are extremely well-adapted to the darkness.

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Night Hunter – Owl by MyAngelG cc2.0

Like other birds of prey, female owls are larger, heavier and more aggressive than male owls.

Males and females are not called by anything specific, but young owls are called “owlets”.

A group of owls is called a “parliament” or a “study”.

Owls vary in size. The largest owls weigh over 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) while the smallest owls weigh less than 2 ounces (57 grams).

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Sharp Look of the Owl by The Knowles Gallery cc2.0

As with other animals, an owl’s lifespan depends on its size. Small owls normally live for 3 to 7 years while large owls can live for up to 15 years, or even up to 20 years in captivity.

In the past, nightjars were thought to be the owl’s closest relatives. However, recent studies show that the owl is more closely related to trogons, mousebirds and falcons.

Extinct Species

Tyto robusta was a giant owl that lived roughly 5 million years ago in present-day Italy. It was about 33 inches (84 centimeters) long and weighed nearly 20 pounds (9 kilograms).

The Cuban giant owl is believed to have been the largest owl ever to exist, measuring 3.6 feet (1.1 meters) long and weighing over 20 pounds (9 kilograms). Because of its very long legs, it is believed to have been flightless. It lived until roughly 5000 years ago.

Stilt-owls refer to four species of owls which were abundant on the Hawaiian Islands until roughly 1000 years ago. They had long legs and spent more time walking on the ground than flying, hence their name.

The Andros Island barn owl was also a very tall owl, which lived until the 16th century on Andros Island in the Bahamas. It is believed to have inspired the legend of the Chickcharney, a mischievous and ugly-looking bird-like dwarf. According to the legend, if one saw a Chickcharney and treated it well, one would receive good luck, but if one treated it cruelly, the result would be bad luck.

The Mauritius owl was the largest carnivore living in Mauritius before the arrival of humans there, measuring about 23 inches (58.4 centimeters) long. It became extinct in 1859, following the destruction of much of its habitat.

The laughing owl, which became extinct in the 1920s, got its name from its mischievous-sounding calls, some sounding like the barks of a young dog, others like chattering and still others like whistles. It lived in New Zealand where it preyed on seabirds, parakeets and rats.

Anatomy & Senses

Owls have large, forward-facing eyes just like humans, instead of eyes on the sides of their heads like most other animals. This gives them binocular vision – they can see an object with both their eyes at the same time, giving them better sight.

Owls do not have eyeballs. Instead, their eyes are shaped like tubes. Because of this, they cannot move their eyes around, so they move their heads around instead – up to 270 degrees!

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270 Turn of Owl by USFS Region 5 cc2.0

Owls can turn their heads in nearly every direction because they have 14 bones in their necks – twice as many as we do. They also have special arteries that keep blood flowing to their brains even when their necks are twisted.

Owls are far-sighted animals. This means that they can see things from as far as a mile (1.6 kilometers) away, but cannot see things as clearly very close up.

Owls can see very well at night, not just because of their large eyes or their large number of very sensitive rod cells, which are responsible for seeing in low light, but also because they have special nerves in their eyes which give them far better night vision than their prey has.

Owls don’t just have one set of eyelids – they have three! One set is used for blinking, one is for closing their eyes when they are sleeping and one is for keeping their eyes clean and healthy.

Owls have vividly colored eyes, a contrast to their dull feathers which keep them camouflaged, making their eyes pop out even more. Some owls have orange eyes while others have yellow, green or even red eyes.

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The Super Sharp Orange Eyes of Owl by GollyGforce cc2.0

While most animals have ears that are on the same place on either side of their heads so it looks like they mirror each other, owls have ears in different positions of their skulls, so one ear may be higher than the other. This helps them to pinpoint where their prey is.

Some owls have ear tufts, or bunches of feathers around their ears. These do not actually help the owl hear but they can indicate the owl’s mood, especially when it is aggressive.

The circles of flattened feathers around an owl’s eyes are called facial discs, or ruffs. These also help the owl hear very well, funneling sounds to the owl’s ears. In fact they work so well that the sound is magnified tenfold!

While owls have excellent senses of sight and hearing, they do not have a good sense of smell. They have tiny nostrils on their beaks but they use these mostly for breathing and not for sniffing.

Owls are very silent creatures. Because they only need to move their heads and not their bodies, they can be very quiet while perched. They are also capable of flying silently. They can do this because their flight feathers have a velvety covering and sawlike edges, muffling the sound of their wing beats.

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The Speedy and Calm Flying of Owl by luc.viatour cc2.0

Owls have zygodactyl feet. This means that they have two toes pointing forward and two pointing back, which allows them to keep a powerful grip on their prey.

Like other birds of prey, owls have powerful talons. Some have a release force of up to 29.2 pounds (130 newtons), the same force you need to exert to push a loaded sled over a frozen lake. That’s how much force would be needed to release captured prey from an owl’s talons.

Owls have short beaks that are curved downward. These move in a scissoring motion in order to tear their prey to pieces.

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The Short and Sharp Beak of Owl by Tambako the Jaguar cc2.0

Owls have small, specialized feathers on their beaks and feet, called filoplumes. These feathers act as “feelers” so they can thoroughly feel the prey they have caught and know exactly where to apply pressure to kill it.

Eating Habits

Owls are birds of prey, which means they are hunters. Most owls eat rodents, insects, frogs and small reptiles, while some eat fish and small birds. A rare few are even known to eat smaller owls.

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Owl is Hunting Mouse by JamesieAB cc2.0

Although they normally go after small prey, bigger owls have been known to take large prey, such as adult monkeys, other large birds of prey, warthogs, foxes and even young deer and wolves.

Owls have two hunting methods. One is the perch-and-pounce method, where the owl sits on a branch waiting for prey, and when it sees it, swoops down to grab and kill it. The other method is called quartering, where the owl looks for prey while in flight, then plucks it from the ground, air or water.

Owls can locate prey buried under the snow or deep under the ground using their keen sense of hearing.

Like other birds, owls cannot digest bones, fur, feathers or teeth. These gather in their gizzards and once a day, they throw these up in the form of a pellet.

Mating & Reproduction

Owls do not have elaborate courtship rituals. The males simply chase females in flight or give mating calls, which the females answer. Some males have been observed to bring freshly caught prey to females as an offering.

Owls are monogamous. Some mate for life while others have one mate per breeding season or for several seasons.

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Couple by Marie Hale cc2.0

Owls are not nest builders. Instead, they look for abandoned nests or they drive other birds away from their nests. Once they find a good nest, they stick with it and use it for many years.

Owls can lay as many as 13 eggs in one clutch, though some have only one. They can have two or more clutches per year.

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The Small Clutch of Barn Owl by rebonnett cc2.0

The average incubation period for an owl is 33 days. The female owl does all the incubation by herself while the male feeds her, leaving the nest only to drink.

After they hatch, owlets beg their parents loudly for food. Both parents bring food to the nest until the owlets are large enough to leave it, usually when they are around two months old.

Communication

In spite of their capability to be very silent, owls can also make various sounds, especially to announce their territory or to attract mates. Some sounds are so loud they can be heard over a mile (1.6 kilometers) away.

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Hoot of the True Owl by Luis Alves cc2.0

Contrary to popular belief, not all owls hoot and even those that do can produce other sounds, such as screeching, hissing, barking or whistling.

Owls can also communicate using their postures or their ear tufts. They can straighten their necks, fluff their feathers and snap their bills when they are threatened and ready to attack.

Barn Owl

The barn owl or the common barn owl is the most widely distributed owl species, found all over the world except in polar and desert regions. Its heart-shaped face and piercing black eyes give it a distinct and often startling appearance, which, together with its ear-shattering screams, have made it a symbol of ill omen.

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Barn Owl by Steve Ward Nature Photography cc2.0

Barn owls mate for life and live in pairs, occupying open grasslands and farmlands where they feed on mostly rodents. A pair of barn owls and their young can eat more than 1000 rodents a year. In fact, they consume more rodents than any other animal.

Burrowing Owl

The burrowing owl is one-of-a-kind, being the only owl that burrows instead of nests. Because of this, it spends more time on the ground than any other owl.

Burrowing owls can make their own burrows as long as the ground is soft enough, though they will usually use abandoned burrows. They surround the entrances to their burrows with dung, which not only masks the scent of their young but also attracts insects for food.

Burrowing owls are the only owls to live in groups when nesting. This is not always a good thing, though, because when food is scarce, burrowing owls steal owlets from other nests to feed to their own.

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Parliament of Burrowing Owls by kevincole cc2.0

Interestingly, though burrowing owls live close to ground squirrels, they rarely eat them. Instead, they hunt mice, geckos, frogs and sometimes, eared doves, which weigh just the same as they do.

Burrowing owls are occasional cannibals. When food is very scarce, they have been spotted visiting a neighbouring owl burrow and stealing chicks to eat!

Eagle-Owls

The Eurasian eagle-owl is one of the largest owls, with females weighing over 9 pounds (4 kilograms) and growing up to 30 inches (76 centimeters) long – the same height as a human one-year-old child. It has bright orange eyes and when threatened, raises the feathers on its neck to form a mane, making it look even more intimidating.

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Eurasian Eagle-owl by Maxwell Hamilton cc2.0

Female Eurasian eagle-owls have high-pitched calls while males have deep calls. Each bird has a unique call by which they can be identified in captivity.

Most of the time, Eurasian eagle-owls go after mice, rats, rabbits and hares, but they can take animals larger than themselves such as fully-grown foxes and young deer that weigh up to 37 pounds (16.8 kilograms). They have also been known to kill venomous snakes.

The spot-bellied eagle-owl has large, slanting ear tufts and is known for its human-sounding call. Because of this call, which is like a scream that rises and falls, it has been known as the “devil bird” in Sri Lanka.

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Spotted Eagle-Owl by Kradlum cc2.0

The spotted eagle-owl is often seen swallowing its prey whole, which it tries to do as much possible, sometimes with its head jerking or with occasional pauses.

Males are very loyal to their mates, feeding them even when they themselves are starving.

Eared Owls

Long-eared owls use their ear tufts to make them appear larger than other birds. They are the only owls to roost collectively, usually during winter to help keep each other warm.

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Eared Owl by winnu cc2.0

Short-eared owls look much like long-eared owls except for their barely visible ear tufts and their yellow irises. They lay only one clutch per year but can have as many as 12 eggs if voles, their main prey, are abundant.

Earless Owls

Earless owls belong to the genus Strix. They do not have ear tufts and are commonly found in forests, which is why they are also known as wood owls.

The barred owl is a large owl native to North America and the only true owl on the continent to have brown eyes instead of yellow. It gets its name from the horizontal bars on its chest and the vertical bars on its belly.

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Barred Owl by ralph and jenny cc2.0

The great gray owl is the tallest owl, measuring 33 inches (84 centimeters) tall. It also has the largest facial disc and the longest tail of all owls. At first glance, it looks quite robust but in truth, it is very light: most of its bulk is made up of fluffy feathers.

Great gray owls can hear prey moving 2 feet (61 centimeters) under the snow. They are one of the few owls known to “snow-plunge” – crashing straight into the snow to grab their prey!

The barred owl is also known as the hoot owl for its distinctive call which sounds like “Who cooks for you, who cooks for you all?” It is a noisy owl and when threatened, will click its beak together forcefully and repeatedly.

The Hume’s owl, together with the Omani owl (the only bird native to Oman) are the only earless owls to have long legs and orange eyes.

The spotted owl is one of the most common owls in North America, found in evergreen and hardwood forests. Some populations are migratory, migrating to parts of Mexico during winter then returning to western United States to breed. It lays only one to three eggs per clutch and adults can live up to 17 years.

The tawny owl is widely distributed across Eurasia, with northern populations up to 40% heavier than those living in southern areas. It appears in two colors – brown and gray. Interestingly, studies have shown that the gray ones have more eggs and fewer parasites than the brown ones.

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Brown Tawny Owl by MacJewell cc2.0

Tawny owls mate for life, nesting in holes in trees. They are very fierce when nesting, striking the heads of intruders, who carelessly or unknowingly approach their nests, with their sharp talons. In fact, one bird photographer lost his left eye while attempting to photograph a tawny owl in its nest.

Elf Owl

The elf owl is the world’s lightest owl, weighing only 1.4 ounces (40 grams) on average, or just a little less than the weight of a golf ball.

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The Very Light and Rare – Elf Owl by Princetonnature cc3.0

They are one of the few owl species found in the desert, often seen nesting in holes inside Saguaro cacti.

When in danger, elf owls do not fight back. Instead, they are one of few birds who “play dead” when approached by threatening animals.

Fish Owls

Fish owls or fishing owls are named, as you might expect, because they live near bodies of water and mostly hunt fish. Some fishing owls lack the capability for silent flight since there is no need for it.

Blakiston’s fish owl is the world’s heaviest owl, with females weighing up to 10.1 pounds (4.6 kilograms) – 25% heavier than males. Males and females have similar calls and often have duets, which are so well-synchronized that untrained listeners often think there is only one bird calling.

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Blakiston’s Fish Owl by Patko erika cc2.0

Blakiston’s fish owls use two hunting methods. One entails wading through shallow water in search of fish and frogs, and the other requires patience: the owl waits on the river bank for hours until it sees prey, which it then scoops out.

Blakiston’s fish owls are one of the few owl species that are not strictly nocturnal. Instead, they are active mostly at dawn or dusk (they are “crepuscular”) and those who are brooding or rearing young are often seen during the day.

Unlike other owls, Blakiston’s fish owls do not breed every year. They lay one or two eggs every other year. Owlets stay in the territory of their parents for up to two years.

Pel’s fishing owls are different from other owls in that they do not have excellent hearing, probably since they rely mostly on their sight to catch fish. They also hardly have any feathers on their feet, instead having spiky scales for gripping slippery fish.

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Pel’s Fishing Owl by sussexbirder cc2.0

Pel’s fishing owls are not picky eaters, eating just about any kind of fish, as well as frogs and crabs. One Pel’s fishing owl has also been reported eating a baby Nile crocodile!

Like eagles, Pel’s fishing owls can have two eggs at a time, but usually only one survives. This is because the first egg hatches about five days ahead of the other and gets most of the food, leaving the other to die of starvation.

Hawk Owls (Boobooks)

Hawk owls, also called boobooks, are owls belonging to the genus Ninox. They are found primarily in Australia and Asia.

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Ninox the Hawk Owl aka Boobooks by krzysztof.blachowiak cc2.0

The barking owl is more often heard than seen, and its barking sounds are distinct from other owls. Loud barks are given to announce territory while soft barks are used in the nest or roosting area. Aside from barks, the barking owl howls, growls, screams and bleats as well.

The morepork, or Tasmanian spotted owl, is the smallest but most common owl in Australia. It is mostly nocturnal but can hunt during the day when the weather is bad. It is an agile bird, known to make rapid maneuvers in the air just like goshawks when chasing after insects.

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Morepork aka Tasmanian Spotted Owl by j.e.mcgowan cc2.0

The powerful owl gets its name from its intimidating size, being the largest of all the hawk owls and the largest owl in Australia. It grows up to 26 inches (66 centimeters) long and feeds on small marsupials such as gliders, possums, wallabies and koalas, as well as flying foxes and cockatoos.

The rufous owl is also a large Australian owl but is generally shy, only becoming aggressive when threatened. It is also very quiet, making calls only during the breeding season.

Horned Owls

The great horned owl is one of the most adaptable owls, able to live in deserts, rainforests, swamp forests and even in the subarctic tundra. Although it is called a horned owl, it actually does not have horns, just tufts of feathers.

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Horned Owl by contemplicity cc2.0

The great horned owl has powerful talons, through which it kills most of its prey. It can exert approximately 300 pounds per square inch of crushing power, nearly as forceful as that of eagles.

The lesser horned owl, or Magellanic horned owl, looks just like the great horned owl but is smaller, with shorter ear tufts and less powerful talons. It has a deep hooting call and hunts mostly rodents, small birds and insects.

Northern Hawk-Owl

The northern hawk-owl is the only owl which is neither nocturnal nor crepuscular (active during dawn or dusk). Instead, it is active during the day, making it more closely resemble a hawk.

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Northern Hawk-Owl by krzysztof.blachowiak cc2.0

Northern hawk-owls can make a wide variety of calls. These include whistling sounds when attracting a mate or looking for a nest, and high-pitched screams when there is an intruder near the nest. Some calls can last up to two minutes long.

Females stay at the nest after the eggs are laid, with the male feeding her. After the eggs have hatched, their roles switch, with the female disappearing for long hours as the male diligently guards the chicks, chasing away predators when necessary.

Pygmy Owls

The chestnut-backed owlet is the one of the few species of owl where the females are not larger than the males. They are the same size, making it difficult to tell them apart. While chestnut-backed owlets are active at night, some are also frequently seen during the day.

The collared owlet is the smallest owl in Asia. It grows only up to 5.9 inches (15 centimeters) long and weighs only a little over two ounces (56.7 grams).

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Collared Owlet by Hiyashi Haka cc2.0

The Eurasian pygmy owl, in turn, is the smallest owl in Europe, and is just about the size of a starling. In spite of its small size, it is a very good hunter, even catching birds as large as itself. During winter, it stores food, stashing it in tree holes.

The jungle owlet is another very small owl, and the only one with no clear facial disc. It is most active during dawn and dusk, roosting in tree cavities during the day. When it is disturbed at its roost, it “freezes”, looking like a dead tree stump.

The northern pygmy owl is found in many parts of North America. Males are often found on the tops of the tallest trees where they make calls to announce their territory.

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Northern Pygmy Owl by David-Mitchell cc2.0

The Pernambuco pygmy owl is currently one of the most endangered owls in the world. It can only be found in Pernambuco in Brazil, and less than 50 adult birds are believed to remain.

Screech-Owls

Screech-owls are small owls restricted to North, Central and South America. They have wide-set ear tufts and bright yellow eyes, and normally nest in the hollows of old trees. The screech-owl was formerly placed together with the scops-owl in the same genus, but was separated and recognized as a distinct genus in 2003.

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Screech Owl by angela n. cc2.0

In spite of their name, eastern screech owls don’t screech. Instead, they whinny like horses or purr like cats. They don’t build nests either, simply laying their eggs on layers of feathers and fur left over from previous meals.

The western screech owl is another owl that can easily survive in deserts, nesting in the holes in cacti made by woodpeckers. It feeds on mostly insects which it silently swoops down on or catches in flight.

Scops-Owls

Scops-owls belong to the genus Otus, the largest genus, made up of 45 species. They are small but agile birds which hunt from perches and have only a single type of call.

Every five seconds, the African Scops Owl gives a “prrrp” call but still remains hard to detect, especially during the day when its extended ear tufts make it look like a tree branch.

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African Scops Owl by Ian N. White cc2.0

Flammulated owls are one of the few habitually migratory owls, leaving Canada and the United States in the fall to spend their winters in southern Mexico and Guatemala. They are obligate tree cavity nesters, which means they will only nest in tree cavities, which they do not cover with any lining.

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Flammulated Owl by USFWS Headquarters cc2.0

The white-fronted scops owl can perform two interesting tricks to get rid of predators. In one, it can puff up its feathers, making it look three times bigger and in the other, it can stretch its body to look very thin, almost invisible.

Snowy Owl

The snowy owl is the largest owl in North America, growing up to 26 inches (66 centimeters) long and weighing over 6 pounds (2.7 kilograms). It is mostly white, which is an adaptation to its Arctic habitat.

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Snowy Owl by Tambako the Jaguar cc2.0

The snowy owl is well-adapted to the cold. It has thick feathers which cover even its legs and feet, plenty of body fat to keep it warm and only tiny slits for ears to help it conserve its body heat.

Snowy owls make their nests on the ground, on top of mounds or boulders. They can lay up to 11 eggs and interestingly, although the chicks do not hatch at the same time and the largest can be 15 times larger than the smallest, they rarely fight or harm each other, which often results in all of them surviving.

Owls in Culture

In ancient Greece, the owl was revered as the bird sacred to Athena, the goddess of wisdom. She was so impressed by the owl’s great eyes, which seemed to be all-seeing, that (after banishing the mischievous crow) she honored it as her favorite bird.

The barn owl is the mount of the Hindu goddess of wisdom Lakshmi.

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The goddess of wisdom, Lakshmi in Hindusim – Barn Own by mikasuncle cc2.0

In ancient Rome, if a dead owl was nailed to the door of a house, it could avert all evil. In the 19th century in England, dead owls were nailed to barn doors for the same reason, and also to protect the barn from lightning.

The screeching of an owl warned of impending disaster or imminent death. Apparently, the deaths of Julius Caesar, Commodus Aurelius and Agrippa were all foretold by owls.

In Africa, owls are believed to be the familiars of wizards or the messengers of witches. Their cry is considered to be a sign that evil is coming.

Native Australians believed that owls represented the souls of women (bats represented the souls of men). Because of this, owls were considered sacred.

In China, it is believed that if you put owl sculptures in the corners of your home, your home will be protected from lightning. Owls are considered the symbols of lightning because they “brighten the night”.

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Sculpture of Owl by es74273 cc2.0

In some parts of England, barn owls were used to predict the weather. If the weather was fair and a barn owl screeched, bad weather was coming. If the weather was bad and a barn owl screeched, fair weather was at hand.

In France, there was a belief that if a pregnant woman heard the call of an owl, her child would be a girl. In Wales, if a pregnant woman heard the hoot of an owl outside her house, her child would be blessed. In Germany, if an owl hooted after a child was born, the child was feared to live an unhappy life.

Photo Credits

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The Strigiforme Specie – Owl by Farid Fleifel cc2.0

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The Nocturnal Beast – Night Hunter – Owl by MyAngelG cc2.0

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The Very Versatile – Sharp Look of the Owl by The Knowles Gallery cc2.0

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The Very Flexible 270 Turn of Owl by USFS Region 5 cc2.0

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The Super Sharp Orange Eyes of Owl by GollyGforce cc2.0

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The Speedy and Calm Flying of Owl by luc.viatour cc2.0

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The Short and Sharp Beak of Owl by Tambako the Jaguar cc2.0

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The Bird of Prey – Owl is Hunting Mouse by JamesieAB cc2.0

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The Very Sincere and Truthful Couple by Marie Hale cc2.0

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The Small Clutch of Barn Owl by rebonnett cc2.0

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The Very Noisy – Hoot of the True Owl by Luis Alves cc2.0

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The Honest and Very Common – Barn Owl by Steve Ward Nature Photography cc2.0

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The Very United – Parliament of Burrowing Owls by kevincole cc2.0

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The Angry Hulk – Eurasian Eagle-owl by Maxwell Hamilton cc2.0

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The Devil Bird – Spotted Eagle-Owl by Kradlum cc2.0

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The Agressive Eared Owl by winnu cc2.0

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The Brown Eyed Owl – Barred Owl by ralph and jenny cc2.0

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The Very Violent and Furious – Brown Tawny Owl by MacJewell cc2.0

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The Very Light and Rare – Elf Owl by Princetonnature cc3.0

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The Crepuscular and Heaviest Specie – Blakiston’s Fish Wwl by Patko erika cc2.0

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The Not So Sharp – Pel’s Fishing Owl by sussexbirder cc2.0

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Ninox the Hawk Owl aka Boobooks by krzysztof.blachowiak cc2.0

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The Very Agile Bird – Morepork aka Tasmanian Spotted Owl by j.e.mcgowan cc2.0

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The Versatile Beast – Horned Owl by contemplicity cc2.0

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The Active Monster – Northern Hawk-Owl by krzysztof.blachowiak cc2.0

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The Very Lil Creature – Collared Owlet by Hiyashi Haka cc2.0

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The Lil Noisy at Top of the Tree – Northern Pygmy Owl by David-Mitchell cc2.0

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The Very Unique and Lil Beast – Screech Owl by angela n. cc2.0

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The Illusory Creature – African Scops Owl by Ian N. White cc2.0

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The Tree Lovers – Flammulated Owl by USFWS Headquarters cc2.0

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The Bulky yet Beautiful Beast – Snowy Owl by Tambako the Jaguar cc2.0

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The goddess of wisdom, Lakshmi in Hindusim – Barn Own by mikasuncle cc2.0

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Sculpture of Owl Protects from Lightning in China – Statue of Owl by es74273 cc2.0

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