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28

Jul

Why owls have ‘flat’ facesOwls stand out from other raptors in many ways, from their night time hunting habits to their stealthy silent flight. But one of the most distinguishing physical characteristics is that their faces seem to be flatter than those of hawks, eagles and other raptors. This is somewhat of an optical illusion on our part. Here’s why.

Why owls have ‘flat’ faces
Owls stand out from other raptors in many ways, from their night time hunting habits to their stealthy silent flight. But one of the most distinguishing physical characteristics is that their faces seem to be flatter than those of hawks, eagles and other raptors. This is somewhat of an optical illusion on our part. Here’s why.

02

May

How an injured snowy owl got new feathersAfter lightly burning its wings and getting hit by a bus, this snowy owl needed help if it was ever going to fly again. All it took was some feathers, bamboo and glue.

How an injured snowy owl got new feathers
After lightly burning its wings and getting hit by a bus, this snowy owl needed help if it was ever going to fly again. All it took was some feathers, bamboo and glue.

21

Apr

Want to help owl researchers? Watch these webcamsPeople across the world can watch nesting great horned owls and long-eared owls in Montana and even snap photos of the birds to aid scientists.

Want to help owl researchers? Watch these webcams
People across the world can watch nesting great horned owls and long-eared owls in Montana and even snap photos of the birds to aid scientists.

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Eastrn Screech Owl by ml_thorsteinson on Flickr.

18

Mar

9 photos celebrating the snowy owl irruption
The record-setting number of snowy owls that trekked south for the winter has been a boon for birders and photographers. Larry Keller’s images capture the species at its best.

18

Feb

5 owl facts that will amaze youLet’s face it, owls are … different. They don’t have eyeballs, they have double the normal number of vertebrae in their necks, and they have special feathers to make them silent fliers. Creepy? Sure — and yet, amazing!

5 owl facts that will amaze you
Let’s face it, owls are … different. They don’t have eyeballs, they have double the normal number of vertebrae in their necks, and they have special feathers to make them silent fliers. Creepy? Sure — and yet, amazing!

18 owl species with irresistible faces
Owls have some of the most unforgettable faces in the avian kingdom. With their huge eyes and abundant feathers, owls demand our attention. These 18 species in particular have faces with expressions just begging for a caption.

10

Jan

treehugger:

This winter has brought an unprecedented number of snowy owls south of their normal habitat, a phenomenon known as an irruption.

treehugger:

This winter has brought an unprecedented number of snowy owls south of their normal habitat, a phenomenon known as an irruption.

06

Jan

Japan’s owl cafes: Harmful or a hoot?
The popular cafes let patrons enjoy their drinks as they pet or admire the owls, but animal advocates say the businesses are cruel and unnatural environments for the birds.

17

Dec

Mysterious snowy-owl migration one of biggest on recordIt’s a long way from the Arctic to Bermuda, but scientists think the mass migration may have been caused by a scarcity in the owls’ main sources of food.

Mysterious snowy-owl migration one of biggest on record
It’s a long way from the Arctic to Bermuda, but scientists think the mass migration may have been caused by a scarcity in the owls’ main sources of food.