Sibley owls

Many owls in the Guardians of Ga'hoole series are native to North America

Owls are birds from the order Strigiformes, which includes about two hundred species of mostly solitary and nocturnal birds of prey typified by an upright stance, a large, broad head, binocular vision, binaural hearing, sharp talons, and feathers adapted for silent flight. Owls are divided into two families: the true owls or typical owls, Strigidae; and the barn-owls, Tytonidae.

Approximately 25 different species of owls are mentioned in the Guardians of Ga'hoole series, although some do not appear as characters.


All owl species mentioned in Guardians of Ga'hoole:

  • Barn Owl
  • Barred Owl
  • Bay owl
  • Boreal Owl
  • Brown Fish Owl
  • Burrowing Owl
  • Eagle Owl
  • Eastern Screech Owl
  • Elf Owl
  • Grass Owl
  • Great Grey Owl
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Long-eared Owl
  • Masked Owl
  • Northern Hawk Owl
  • Pygmy Owl
  • Rufescent Screech Owl
  • Saw-whet Owl
  • Short-eared Owl
  • Snowy Owl
  • Sooty Owl - Greater
  • Sooty Owl - Lesser
  • Spotted Owl
  • Tropical Screech Owl
  • Whiskered Screech Owl

How Species are Portrayed in the Series

In the series, some species of owls share similar personality traits and stereotypes.

Barn Owls

Barn Owls are renowned for their extraordinary sense of hearing. The Pure Ones, the main antagonists of the series, are an organization of Tytonidae owls who believe Barn Owls are superior to all other owl species.

In chapter 19 of The Journey, Madame Plonk remarks that Soren is "most unusual for a Barn Owl", perhaps suggesting that Barn Owls are not inherently creative thinkers.

Spotted Owls

Spotted Owls are portrayed as being very proud. Many come from prestigious families in the Northern Kingdoms. They are sensitive to pressure differentials in the atmosphere, which has a habit of making them fussy and finicky. They're portrayed as being very knowledgable in many different fields.


  • Bay Owls are mentioned several times, but never appear as characters.


Wikipedia - Owl

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