Owls are mostly nocturnal birds with more than 200 species. An owl has a broad head, a binaural sense of hearing, binocular vision, sharp talons, and their feathers help them fly without making any noise. Hence, we’ve created a list of the top five most beautiful owls and check one of them below.
1. LONG-EARED OWL
Found in Asia, North America, and Europe, the long-eared owl lives in the abandoned nests of similarly sized birds such as hawks, ravens, or magpies.
These owls are medium-sized, rather slender, with orange face patches and long “ear” tufts. These birds are strictly nocturnal. They are found in areas with a mix of dense cover for roosting, such as brushy thickets or conifer groves and open spaces for hunting. Their size and shape are similar to Short-eared Owls, but Long-eared owls are darker and more coarsely marked below with orange patches near the wingtips.
2. BARN OWL
The heart-shaped face is a known characteristic of barn owls. This species is the most widespread owl species and one of the most pervasive of any bird species. So it is no wonder that it has more than 22 other names, including ghost owl, death owl, hissing owl, and delicate owl.
Barn owls are pale, white below, and orange with gray spotting above. Their face is in a heart shape, and it’s usually white. Barn owls hunt rodents in open areas by night and roost in old buildings and nest boxes by day. They are widespread across every continent except Antarctica. They appear very white in headlights at night.
3. ORIENTAL BAY OWL
This unusual-looking owl can be found throughout Southeast Asia. It’s part of the barn owl family, one of two owls’ families, the other being “typical” or “true” owls.
Oriental Bay owls are small with distinctive, highly angular heads. Dark chestnut above and pale creamy gray below with light spotting on the sides. Their dark eyes are emphasized by the face’s general paleness and the vertical dark ridges above them, forming into small rounded tufts. Typically stands quite upright, giving it a heavy-headed appearance. Little and often hard to find but can be common in many habitats, including evergreen forests and mangroves.
4. EURASIAN EAGLE-OWL
One of the largest known owl species, this Eurasian eagle-owl is larger than the snowy owl that has a wingspan of 5 to 6 feet. It’s a powerful predator and it’s not a picky eater that can consume everything from small mammals to reptiles and other snakes, and even larger prey like foxes, geese, and other owl species.
5. BURROWING OWL
The Burrowing owl is a long-legged small owl of open grassy habitats. It appears brown at a distance with irregular white spotting and yellow eyes. Besides that, it’s active during day and night when it hunts mainly for insects and small mammals.
Not all owls live in trees, as the burrowing owl can attest. This species takes up residence in old ground squirrel or prairie dog burrows. Hunting at night, it can fly and use its long legs to sprint and capture prey.
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