Owls are the order Strigiformes, constituting 200 extant bird of prey species. Most are solitary and nocturnal with some exceptions. Though owls are typically solitary, the literary collective noun for a group of owls is a parliament.
Living owls are divided into two families: the typical owls, Strigidae; and the barn-owls, Tytonidae. Owls are found in all regions of the Earth except Antarctica, most of Greenland and some remote islands.
Owls hunt mostly small mammals, insects, and other birds though a few species specialize in hunting fish.
Owls have large forward-facing eyes and ear-holes, a hawk-like beak, a flat face, and usually a conspicuous circle of feathers, a facial disc, around each eye. The stereoscopic nature of the owl’s forward-facing eyes permits a greater sense of depth perception necessary for low-light hunting.
Owls are farsighted and are unable to see anything clearly within a few centimeters of their eyes. Their far vision, particularly in low light, is exceptionally good.
Most owls are nocturnal, actively hunting for prey only in the darkness. Several types of owl, however, are crepuscular, active during the twilight hours of dawn and dusk. Much of the owls’ hunting strategy depends on stealth and surprise.
A serious writer is not to be confounded with a solemn writer. A serious writer may be a hawk or a buzzard or even a popinjay, but a solemn writer is always a bloody owl.
– Ernest Hemingway
A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren’t we like that wise old bird?
Alone and warming his five wits, the white owl in the belfry sits.
– Alfred, Lord Tennyson
And they bought an Owl, and a useful Cart,/ And a pound of Rice, and a Cranberry Tart.
– Edward Lear
around Owl Creek like snow!
– The Nevadan(1950)
But the cormorant and the bittern shall possess it; the owl also and the raven shall dwell in it: and he shall stretch out upon it the line of confusion, and the stones of emptiness.
– Bible quotes
Can grave and formal pass for wise, When Men the solemn Owl despise?
– Benjamin Franklin
Come, now a roundel and a fairy song; Then, for the third part of a minute, hence– Some to kill canters in the musk-rose buds, Some war with reremice for their leathren wings, To make my small elves coats, and some keep back The clamorous owl, that nightly hoots and wonders At our quaint spirits.
– William Shakespeare
First, it was not a strip bar, it was an erotic club. And second, what can I say? I’m a night owl.
– Marion Berry
He has discontinued his affiliation with it (the Owl Club). He believes it is a mistake to be affiliated with it.
– Laura Capps
He is a rarity which I cannot but be fond of, as one would be of a hog that could fiddle, or a singing owl.
– John Wilmot Rochester
He respects Owl, because you can’t help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn’t spell it right.
– A. A. Milne
He who has no falcon must hunt with an owl.
– Danish Proverb
I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.
I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert. I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house-top.
– Bible quotes
I rejoice that there are owls…. They represent the stark twilight and unsatisfied thoughts which all have.
– Henry David Thoreau
I think the shocking thing to discover is the owls are not stupid and very feral, very hard to train.
– Robbie Coltrane
I will be deafer than the blue-eyed cat, And thrice as blind as any noonday owl, To holy virgins in their ecstasies.
If I find gold on my property, my property value goes up. If I find a spotted owl on my property, my property value goes down. This [bill] changes that equation.
– Chuck Cushman
In the hollow tree, in the old gray tower, The spectral Owl doth dwell; Dull, hated, despised, in the sunshine hour, But at the dusk–he’s abroad and well! Not a bird of the forest e’er mates with him– All mock him outright, by day: But at night, when the woods grow still and dim, The boldest will shrink away! O, when the night falls, and roosts the fowl, Then, then, is the reign of the Horned Owl!
– Barry Cornwall/Bryan Waller Procter
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