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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.