12 Mean-Looking But Adorable Owls

A list of some mean-looking, but beautiful owls.

There are more than 200 known species of  Strigiformes (Owls). They are solitary and nocturnal birds of prey. They are found in all continents except Antarctica hunting small mammals, birds and insects. They may look mean but if you analyze closely each species body anatomy you will be surprised to find out that owls are indeed beautiful birds. Below is a compilation of popular owl species that are mean-looking but at the same time adorable.

Striped Owl (Asio clamator)

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This medium-sized owl is found in South America and Central America. It bears a large, complex and asymmetrical ear tufts as well as a brownish-white facial disk rimmed.  Striped owl has black beak and  cinnamon-colored eyes. Its upperparts are yellowish-brown striped with grimy brown.  Its body anatomy include: Length 30-38 cm, wing span 22.8 – 29.4 cm and weight 320-546 g.  It lives in savannas, open or semi-open grassland, small groves and bushes. Striped owl’s diet include: large insects, small mammals, reptiles and birds. 

Barn Owl (Tyto alba)

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The Barn Owl also referred to as Common Barn Owl is the most widespread species of owl. It is found on all continent except Antarctica and inhabits open lands, heaths, caves, buildings, wells and thick foliage. It is a pale, long-winged and long-legged owl that can reach up to 25-45 cm in length with a wingspan of about 75-100 cm. This owl has a  whitish with brownish edge facial disk and white with few black spot it too has a an off-white colored beak and yellowish to brownish feet. Its diet include: small rodents, mice, shrews, and rats.

Philippine Eagle-Owl (Bubo philippensis)

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The Philippine Eagle Owl is the largest known Philippine owl. Known locally as “kuwago”, it can grow up to 40-50 cm in length, and a wingspan of about 35 cm. This owl is found inhabiting near lakes and lowland jungles of Luzon, Samar, Catanduanes, Leyte, Bohol and Mindanao. It has small ear tufts, brownish facial disk and yellow eyes. It too has a dark brown wings and tail  with whitish underparts. Based on its big feet and claws.  it feeds on small mammals and rodents that include mice and rats. 

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38 Responses to “12 Mean-Looking But Adorable Owls”
  1. rutherfranc Says...

    On April 1, 2009 at 1:41 am

    those are really intimidating looks.. another nice share papaleng!

  2. maranatha Says...

    On April 1, 2009 at 1:42 am

    The philipine one has such a funny look in his eye – what great photos! Liked this very much.

  3. Inna Tysoe Says...

    On April 1, 2009 at 1:53 am

    Good one. But I didn’t think they were intimidating…



  4. Christine Ramsay Says...

    On April 1, 2009 at 2:04 am

    A excellent article. I have always though owls are beautiful birds. They remind me of teachers.


  5. nobert soloria bermosa Says...

    On April 1, 2009 at 3:35 am

    i like the Ethiopian eagle owl,where can i buy one?

  6. Eunice Tan Says...

    On April 1, 2009 at 4:54 am

    They are really adorable

  7. K Kristie Says...

    On April 1, 2009 at 5:32 am

    Nice birds!

  8. Glynis Smy Says...

    On April 1, 2009 at 6:03 am

    I love watching the owls swoop here at night. Nice article.

  9. Betty Carew Says...

    On April 1, 2009 at 6:50 am

    Absolutely beautiful Papaleng I didn’t know there were so many different kinds , excellent article and very informative. Personally I think they are beautiful.

  10. Joe Dorish Says...

    On April 1, 2009 at 6:52 am

    Who does not like owls?

  11. nutuba Says...

    On April 1, 2009 at 8:31 am

    Wonderful article, papaleng! Owls are so cool.

  12. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On April 1, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Absolutely interesting! Awesome article!:-)

  13. Juancav Says...

    On April 1, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Nices owls ,snowy is great.

  14. JoniA Says...

    On April 1, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Very well written and informative.

  15. MrZebra84 Says...

    On April 1, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Very interesting article and I LOVE the pics you used :) Animals rule.

  16. monica55 Says...

    On April 1, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Another nicely researched article papaleng. Well done.

  17. Jeffrey B. Merrow Says...

    On April 1, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    you made a score with this one its fantastic great job

  18. imaginearea Says...

    On April 1, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Fantastic images!

  19. Alexis Flint Says...

    On April 1, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    very nice! i love owls.

  20. The Quail Says...

    On April 1, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Awesome article I enjoyed the reading and the pictures.

  21. valli Says...

    On April 1, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Interesting article and colorful images.

  22. Loreta Dorington Says...

    On April 1, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    I like the snowy owl and the barn owl.

  23. Jo Oliver Says...

    On April 1, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Ive never seen the last two owls. Great pics and thanks for the info on each one. The eyes are a little mean looking, but overall they are really beautiful creatures.

  24. Mr Ghaz Says...

    On April 2, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Awesome! Great work! That was interesting and well presented article..lovely and informative too. I loved it! Keep it up. Well done and thanx for sharing..nice pics as well

  25. Anne Lyken Garner Says...

    On April 2, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    What lovely creatures they are! Thanks for putting this together.

    Thanks for your comment on my piece. I have been away from Triond for a while.

  26. NA Staffieri Says...

    On April 2, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Some of these are a bit freaky. Owls are such great creatures. Thanks for the information.

  27. MMV Abad Says...

    On April 4, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Hey! I can’t find Harry Potters owl. (Joke) Another nice article my friend. Thank you!

  28. CutestPrincess Says...

    On April 5, 2009 at 3:17 am

    i like the Snowy Owl, it looks like a bird…

  29. PR Mace Says...

    On April 6, 2009 at 3:48 am

    Excellent article.

  30. S A JOHNSON Says...

    On April 10, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Aww I thought they were all cute!

  31. Joni Keith Says...

    On April 19, 2009 at 2:53 pm


  32. Anne McNew Says...

    On April 20, 2009 at 1:52 am

    they are truly adorable. tantalizing eyes, dare? hehehe

  33. eddiego65 Says...

    On April 28, 2010 at 9:38 am

    What adorable creatures!!! Awesome piece.

  34. Likha Says...

    On July 16, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Kung tama ang mathematics ko, parang tatlong owl lang ang nandito. Nasaan na yung siyam? Anyway, as always, interesting read!

  35. papaleng Says...

    On July 16, 2010 at 2:06 am

    Likha may page 2 ito.

  36. AJ Garcia Says...

    On July 28, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    They are all cute! Liked it!

  37. owlfreak Says...

    On December 22, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    that orange owl looks akward

  38. lian rosa Says...

    On March 17, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Pag napalitan na ung mata nila ng singkit di na sila mean looking LOL Yung common scoop owls lang ata ang hindi mean looking sa 12.

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