All that being said, I love Owls.
I mean look at that! They don't look like birds, they look like cats! They look fake! They look like something I might want for a pet. And yeah, they're cute, but don't keep owls as pets people. Be smart.
I screamed when I first saw this! How is this not the sweetest thing you've ever seen in your entire life. This is a full grown Northern Saw-Whet Owl. It's not even the smallest owl either.
Even the bigger owls are interesting to look at, fluffy round heads, flat faces, big eyes. But what gives an owl it's unique almost mammalian appearance is that both it's large eyes are located on the front of it's head where as most birds have one eye on either side.
Here's another Saw-Whet owl, this time the Unspotted Saw-Whet. His eyes are narrowed making him appear a little less friendly. Which is something to remember, no matter how cute they may look, they're called birds of prey for a reason.
Would you believe that the above picture features two owls from the same species? They're both Masked barn owls, which are usually born white, but Sable is was born with melanism- a 100,000 to one gene mutation making her the opposite of an albino. In the wild Sable would have been killed by her mother, but since she was born in captivity she got the chance to grow up and make friends with other Barn owls like Petra.
Random Owl Facts:
- Owls are located everywhere except Antarctica and Greenland.
- Owls have Binocular vision.
- Not all owls are nocturnal.
- A myth is Africas says owl are harbingers of death.
- Western culture associates owls with wisdom.
A Snowy Owl, a species made famous by the Harry Potter series. This own is so pretty it almost looks fake. Although Hewdwig is female, she is portrayed by male owls in the film because only males get that pure snowy white plumage.
Pigwidgeon is a Scops Owl, another tiny species, they only grow to about 7-8 inches tall. Isn't he sweet looking, he looks like a Furby, if you're like me an remember what those are.
I hope you found this post slightly informative, if not, I hope you at least found it adorable.