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Great Horned Owl - 131

Great Horned Owl - 131

Screech Owl - 130

Screech Owl - 130

Snowy Owl - 145

Snowy Owl - 145

Great Gray Owl - 76

Great Gray Owl - 76

Barred Owl - 173

Barred Owl - 173

Barn Owl - 175

Barn Owl - 175

Northern Hawk Owl - 174

Northern Hawk Owl - 174

Screech Owl Gray Form - 182

Screech Owl Gray Form - 182

Spotted Owl - 185

Spotted Owl - 185

Burrowing Owl - 194

Burrowing Owl - 194

Owls, those big-eyed, silent hunters, making hooting, barking, screeching noises in the night are variously depicted as having supernatural or even ominous capabilities.

In reality, they benefit from a complex set of specialized adaptations to allow them to hunt stealthily at night, such as asymmetrical ear holes to triangulate sound, strategically placed short, stiff wing feathers to diffuse air and mute noise, and exceptional night vision.

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