Upon first glance, the photography in this book is stunning. Any book attempting to document the many species of the Order Strigiformes would have to rely on a formidable collection of photographs, and this book weighs in with 750 of them. The author does state that 14 of the species have apparently not been photographed at all, but for five of these, they have included photographs of skins held in the Natural History Museum at Tring, England. The photographs in the book include the different color morphs when available, as well as juvenile plumage and in-flight shots.

The book opens with an overall description of what makes an owl unique, from their frontally situated eyes and broad facial disc to their ability to rotate their head through nearly 270°. The book covers their exceptional hearing due to their large, half-moon shaped vertical ear slits. Apparently, “laboratory tests have shown that...

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