An inquisitive owl tilts her head to the side to pose for the camera. The young female burrowing owl took a shine to photographer Leonardo Casadei, 35, from her perch in a palm tree in Brazil. Mr Casadei watched as the light brown-and-white bird turned her head back and forth to get a better look at him. Picture: Leonardo Casadei/Solent News & Photo Agency (via Pictures of the day: 7 August 2013 - Telegraph)

Asio flammeus galapagoensis | ©Sebastián Padrón   (Galapagos islands)

Asio flammeus galapagoensis, commonly known as the Galapagos Short-eared Owl and Short-eared Owl, is one of the ten recognized subspecies of Short-eared owl, which vary in terms of location and coloration. Perhaps the most distinctive of these subspecies is Asio flammeus galapagoensis, which has extremely dark plumage and larger black regions around the eyes [source].

As its common name suggests, the Galapagos Short-eared Owl is only found in the Galapagos islands.


Striped Owl (Asio clamator or Pseudoscops clamator)

…a species of true owl that is native to South America, and parts of Central America and some Caribbean islands. Striped owls usually inhabit rainforests, marshes, woodlands, savannas and open areas. They are crepuscular (active at dusk and dawn) hunters and will feed on rodents, bats, small mammals, birds and large insects. The striped owls systematic placement is not yet known, it is placed both in Asio or Pseudoscops and rarely Rhinoptynx.


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Images: Bruno Pardinho and Maria Teresa Jaramaillo

Spotted Wood Owl - Strix seloputo

The Spotted Wood Owl, Strix seloputo (Strigidae) is a richly colored medium-sized owl (up to 40 cm in length) with a large rounded head, orange-buff facial disc, no ear-tufts and dark eyes. 

This species occurs in Southern Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Southern Vietnam and Malay Peninsula, Central Sumatra, discontinuously to Java, Bawean Island off Northern Java, Calamian Islands and Palawan, Western Philippines.

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Photo credit: ©Sheau Torng Lim | Locality: Pasir Ris Park, Lor Halus, Singapore (2014)

OUTDOOR SCENES - Portrait of an Eastern Screech Owl - Masters of disguise. The Eastern Screech Owl is seen here doing what they do best. You better have a sharp eye to spot these little birds of prey. Okeefenokee Swamp, Georgia, USA. (Photo and caption by Graham McGeorge/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) (via National Geographic Traveler Magazine: 2013 Photo Contest - The Big Picture -


Black-and-white Owl (Strix nigrolineata)

…a species of wood owl that is native to Central America, ranging from Mexico to Ecuador and Peru. Black-and-white owls typically inhabit sub/tropical dry or moist forests and are active at night. They are strictly terrestrial and have a diet of mainly insects and small mammals. Like other owls they hunt using their exceptional hearing and vision, during the day they use their black-and-white coloration as camouflage when the rest.



Images: Jerry Oldenettel and Larry Kay

Morepork | ©Glenda Rees   (New Zealand)

Ninox novaeseelandiae (Strigidae), better known as Morepork and Tasmanian Spotted Owl, is, unfortunately the last remaining native owl in New Zealand.

Adult Moreporks exhibit a variable plumage with numerous phases. The facial disc is dark brown with a light chamois border. The thin eyebrows are whitish. The upper parts are dark brown with spots and chamois-ochre stripes on the head, neck and mantle. Wings and scapulars have chamois-cinnamon or whitish dots.  The iris is either bright yellow or brownish yellow.

The song is characterised by a diagnostic, yet variable from one individual to another, double note. It can be transcribe as “more-pork”, but also, albeit less precisely, as “quore-quo”.


These fluffy owls are known as the Elf Owls (Micrathene whitneyi) and are the world’s lightest owls. Typically, these raptors are native to the southwestern United States and Mexico. They, on average, can weigh approximately 40 grams (1.4 oz) and have fairly long legs to give them added height.. Just kidding, their legs are for hunting insects and scorpions! Males and females will play with each other after dusk and sunset, by jumping from tree to tree letting their famous high-pitched whinnies fill the night air. 

Photo credit: Ed Schneider