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The owl is a nocturnal bird of prey, known for its silent flight, distinctive "whooo" call, and large, front-set eyes.
From Chaucer, The Squire's Tale:
- In which were painted all these false fowls,
- As be these tidifes, tercelets, and owls;
- Of all the birds that ever I see,
- The owl is the fairest in her degree.
- For all the day long she sits in a tree,
- And when the night comes away flies she.