In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw an Owl in 8 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.
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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Owl.
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How to Draw an Owl - Step-by-Step Tutorial
Interesting Facts about Owls
Owls belong to the Strigiformes group of birds that includes 200 species of prey. They have a flat face, a hawk like a beak, and eyes that face forward, surrounded by a circle of noticeable feathers.
With an ancestry that dates back over 60 million years, the owls are one of the oldest groups of land birds.
Did you know?
- An owl can adjust the feathers around its eyes, called facial disks, to direct a sharp focus on sounds coming from varying distances into its ear holes.
- Most owls actively hunt prey only at night.
- Owls can fly very slowly and nearly silent, allowing them to swoop down on prey more easily.
- Unlike other birds, an owl’s eyes can not move in any direction, but they have the ability to swivel their heads in a radius of 270°.
- In Western civilization, the owl represents wisdom, while in several other areas, the owl is a symbol of bad omens, death and foolishness.
- Owls generally hunt insects, small mammals and other birds, and some species hunt fish.
The owl is an interesting creature that has been both symbolized throughout human history as a goddess and a bringer of death.