HOO can it be now?
Do you have what it takes to identify these owls from just a silhouette?

Of the 19 species of owl typically found throughout the US and Canada, 12 have been recorded in Ohio. Eight of those species can regularly be found in the state, and four breed annually. These mostly nocturnal raptors are easily told apart from other birds by their upright stance and from other birds of prey by their rounder heads with forward facing eyes and “fluffier” appearance. While their coloring often conceals them amongst vegetation, owls can often be found during the day by searching for their regurgitated pellets under trees and dense thickets, looking for whitewash on tree trunks and limbs, or by listening for smaller birds mobbing a roosting individual. While color, patterning, size, and habitat will often lead to an easy identification, we’re challenging you to identify these masters of camouflage based purely on shape and proportion.

[Hint: the birds are not necessarily to scale.]

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