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What is the smallest owl in the world, and where can I see one?

The smallest owl in the world is the elf owl (Micrathene whitneyi). It's about the size of a sparrow, and weighs about an ounce and a half, which is just less than the weight of a golf ball! Wingspan:...
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Why was I attacked by a bird (twice)?

You almost certainly got close to a nest. The behavior you describe fits various raptors when intruders get close to a nest. There very likely is a nest up there somewhere. If the nest isn't on the ...
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Owl Identification. Winter in Haliburton, Ontario, Canada

Caveat:I'm no expert, or even from North America I think this is the Barred Owl (Strix varia). The reason I say this is because it has the strongly barred pattern to the feathers on the wings, and a ...
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Possible snowy owl seen in the trees

As the Sherlock Holmes would say, How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth? If you look through the list ...
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Possible snowy owl seen in the trees

The only possible confusion species would be barn owl. Yellow Pine is near the limit of barn owl range, and barn owl is very noticeably slimmer (not more plump) than snowy owl, so I think you're right ...
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Why was I attacked by a bird (twice)?

So, you saw it gliding away. And it didn't return to resume an attack. Which makes me think that the contact was not intended. Very likely a night hawk or a nightjar; they do not really care about ...
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Possible snowy owl seen in the trees

I have heard of a snowy owl in Pennsylvania. I was walking down a corridor in a college domitory and saw a stuffed snowy owl in a room. The kid there said the owl dropped dead in a field in ...
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Where can I find help identifying an owl by its call?

In addition to the other answers, I'd like to recommend BirdForum, a large online birding community. It's free to sign up, and they have a specific forum devoted to answering bird identification ...
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What kind of owl is this?

So I had a google search for owl cafes in Japan - and most of them are in Tokyo (as you might expect). I looked at the websites for 3 of them and found Cafe MohuMohu. Passing this website through ...
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Owl Identification. Winter in Haliburton, Ontario, Canada

Eye color is often the best feature to use as a starting point with owl species that are similar to each other. It can often eliminate some possibilities immediately. Your owl is a barred owl. Great ...
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Boreal owls in Virginia?

Having had a listen to the recording of boreal owls here. I had a google for calls that are similar to owls and came across the Wilson's snipe, which doesn't make a call like the owl, but rather uses ...
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Where can I find help identifying an owl by its call?

All About Birds from Cornell Lab of Ornithology is one of the best on the internet for North American Birds. You can search by key word, taxonomic name, or browse by shape: And you can try "Merlin"...

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