We Are All About Owls This Week

Over the last couple of years, we have noticed a growing trend towards owls.  Anything we purchase for Fragile Earth Stuffed Animals that has anything to do with owls is an instant seller; whether it’s stuffed owls, glass owls, or just a book on owls.   We find ourselves saying all the time, “if it has owls, we’ll take it.”

On this rainy Monday, we have scoured the internet and put together this gallery of owls just for your enjoyment.  Also, be sure to check out our Pinterest board on owls as we will be adding to it all week.

Barn Owl – Their hearing is better than their sight, and have the sharpest hearing out of any animal tested.

Long Eared Owl – It doesn’t have long ears, but rather long tufts of feathers called ear tufts that resemble ears.

Barred Owl – one of 4 species with dark eyes and is also known as the Hoot owl.

Northern Hawk Owl – They have what appear to be false eyes on the back of their heads and they have white to off-white spots on their dark grey backs.

Burrowing Owl – They are ground-dwelling birds, so their nests are at risk of invasion from outside predators.

Northern Saw Whet Owl – There are no ear tufts, and they have very large, yellow eyes.

The Eurasian Eagle owl (Bubo bubo) is the heaviest owl in the world. Females of this species can reach greater than or equal to 9.25 pounds, which is twice the weight of an adult female snowy owl, the heaviest owl in North America.

Short Eared Owl – When camouflaging itself does not work, it fakes death in order to avoid being eaten.

Elf Owl – It is a nocturnal bird with bat-like flight that predates upon small, weak prey like insects, grasshoppers, caterpillars, cicadas and scorpions.

Snowy Owl – The heaviest owl in North America, and has the second largest wing area among North American owls. Their beak can reach up to 2 inches long, and their legs and feet are heavily feathered.

Great Grey Owl – It is one of the largest owls in the world and has an extremely long tail.

Spectacled Owl – Their name comes from the white color surrounding their eyes that resembles eyeglasses, or “spectacles”.

Great Horned Owl – This owl is known to become aggressive when threatened.

Northern Spotted Owl – This species of owl is important in the Haida cultures of Alaska and British Colombia. The owl can be seen carved into their totem poles.

Western Screech Owl -Due to their preferred habitat locations around riparian areas, much of their habitat is being threatened by tree removal. They are adaptable in that they can live in city parks if necessary.

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