Little Owl Loves The Rain

Little owl at Terwick Common, UK (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

5 May 2023

After a cold wet week in Pittsburgh it’s hard to imagine being excited about rain but this little owl (Athene noctua) in Britain is loving it. (Yes, “little owl” is his common name.)

Thankfully at last today is bright and sunny in Pittsburgh.

By the way, the little owl of Eurasia could be mistaken in photos for our burrowing owl in the Americas. Both are in the genus Athene and they’re the same size and shape. Here they are side-by-side.

Little owl and burrowing owl (photos from Wikimedia Commons)

(photos from Wikimedia Commons; click on the captions to see the originals)

One thought on “Little Owl Loves The Rain

  1. “Owls, can’t fly in the rain very long. To be silent, they don’t have the natural waterproofing that other birds have on their feathers. If they get wet, they have to wait until they are dry enough to fly again.” Jun 8, 2019 › facts-about-owls

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