Hibou grand-duc ou Grand-duc d'Europe  / Eurasian Eagle-owl at British Wildlife Centre, Surrey, England.

Bubo bubo (Linnaeus, 1758) :
- Hibou grand-duc - Grand-duc d'Europe ;
- Eurasian eagle-owl - European eagle-owl - Eagle-owl;
- Búho real ;
- Bufo-real ;
- Gufo reale ;
- Uhu ;
- Oehoe ;
- Berguv ;
- Филин ;
- Bayağı puhu ;
- Puchacz zwyczajny ;
- ワシミミズク ;
- 雕鸮

Ordre : Strigiformes / Famille : Strigidés - Strigidae / Genre : Bubo / Espèce : bubo - Sous-espèces : + 16 / Longévité : 21 ans.

Peter Trimming from Croydon, England - Closing in Uploaded by snowmanradio / CC BY 2.0

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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.

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Crazy Blatant!

This lame clothing company Romwe stole my work and printed my image on some sweatshirts ( You may recognize the image as my Strigiformes owl face painting I made recently. Please do not buy this product or support this company! So what now? I usually have a clothing company I’ve never heard of like this one blatantly steal my work 3 or 4 times a year. This is usually how it goes. I send the company a cease and desist letter. Usually they do not respond at all, they may or may not take down the merchandise from their website (or out of stores for that matter), meantime they collect the money, and then move on and steal art from another emerging artist. And the cycle repeats, making it increasingly difficult for emerging artists like myself to earn a living. I would like to nail them but I don’t have the luxury of time and resources to hire a lawyer and get into a lengthy legal battle.

 I would like to thank Miranda, and all the other kind people who have followed my work and reported these copyright infringements to me over the years. You are amazing! Without you I would not be able to track all of these illegal activities and do anything about it.

 Do you wonderful folks have any suggestions how I can put a stop to this? Has this happened to you? Please write me and let me know – I am all ears! Thank you!

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.

Reference: [1]

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

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Spectacled Owl - Pulsatrix perspicillata

The Spectacled Owl, Pulsatrix perspicillata (Strigiformes - Strigidae), is a medium-sized to large owl with a rounded head with no ear-tufts. It has a dark face with contrasting ‘spectacles’ made up of white eyebrows and other white streaking between the eyes and on the cheeks.

Spectacled owls are unsociable birds, generally uncommon, but locally common in areas such as Costa Rica, Colombia and the Amazon. The species occurs from Southern Mexico through Argentina.

References: [1] - [2] - [3]

Photo credit: ©Jorge Chinchilla A. | Locality: Sarapiquí, Heredia, Costa Rica (2014)

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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