15 Reasons To Give A Hoot About African Owls

By Alexis Borochoff Published: January 10, 2017, 7:43 am
Spotted Eagle Owls in Kirstenbosch, South Africa. Photo: Friends of Silvermine Nature scenicsouth.co.za

Giving a hoot about African owls

Owls have been feared since ancient times, considered symbols of death or bad omens — especially African owls, which are often associated with witches, wizardry and wisdom. Some Swahili believe owls bring illness to children. In parts of Cameroon and Nigeria, owls are the original “he-whooooo-must-not-be-named” — right up there with Voldemort in the Harry Potter series. They’re known only as “the bird that makes you afraid.” But owls also have fan clubs — birders who have the passion and means to travel to Africa and look for them on birding tours. If you don’t agree that owls deserve their bad reputation, owls can be quite amusing. Here’s a little levity on the topic.

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