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    11 Superb Owls That Make An Unstoppable Team

    We have at least 19 species of superb owls that touch down in North America. We've selected 11 of them that would make an awesome team. There are many attributes that make owls fascinating and unique, and also potentially good at football, so let's take a look at a few. No matter who you're hooting for, you win if you know about these owls.

    1. Burrowing Owls - Small, Mighty and Decorates with Dung

    Photo: Jeri Krueger / USFWS / Via Flickr: usfws_pacificsw

    Burrowing Owls don't mess around. They live in a hole in the ground, and use feces to decorate in order to attract their favorite food, dung beetles. They are small, but mighty and generally perch out in the open, fearing no one. When they're not doing the "burrowing" themselves they will use the tunnels of a number of other animals, such as tortoises. Sometimes they even put us to work for them.

    2. Barn Owls - They Can Probably Hear You Right Now

    Brian Ferguson / USFWS Mountain Prairie / Via

    Barn Owls hunt mostly by sound even though they have excellent vision. They fly low, back and forth over fields, meadows, and other open habitat, searching for small rodents. Barn Owls' heart-shaped faces are designed to collect sound; they have asymmetrical ears that help them detect prey. There is no scientific way to test if they can hear thoughts, but we wonder that sometimes. >>>>

    3. Northern Hawk Owl - The Owl Whoo Whoo You Didn't See Coming

    Joe “my soul”/Creative Commons / Via Facebook: USFWSMidwest

    This owl is a bird of boreal forests. They are found primarily throughout Canada, but occasionally find their way to the Midwest. An impressive hunter, it can detect prey up to a half mile away and can also capture prey hiding under a foot of snow! >>>>

    4. Long-eared Owl - Will Defend Its Honor Like a Champ

    Nicole Hornslein / USFWS / Via

    This startled juvenile Long-eared Owl demonstrates the showy defensive or "threat" display, with feathers ruffled and wings spread out to increase size. Talk about a good defense!

    5. Eastern Screech Owls - Terrifying Calls and Camouflage Champ

    Larry Warfield / Via Facebook: usfwsnortheast

    The call of Eastern Screech Owl is spooky, and even though they aren't larger than a pint glass, their sounds will fill the night. They are also experts at camouflage as exhibited in this picture.

    6. Short-eared Owls - They Own the Fields

    Tom Koerner / USFWS / Via

    Short-eared Owls, like this one at Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge, can often be seen flying around fields and meadows at dusk, and sometimes even hanging out in the snow, watching you. They are found in many places across the United States throughout the winter. If you're looking to watch something, these owls can certainly provide you with the opportunity.

    7. Northern Spotted Owls - Keep it Cool Under Pressure

    USFWS / Via Facebook: USFWSPacific

    Northern Spotted Owls knows it's important to keep cool. Wildfire can have a big effect on their habitat, and scientists are working to enhance the overall health of dry forests and reduce the wildlife risks for people living nearby.

    8. Great Gray Owls - Our Largest Owl (By Length Only, But it Counts)

    Doug Kukurudza / Creative Commons / Via Facebook: USFWSMidwest

    The Great Gray Owl is primarily found through Canada and Alaska, but they are occasionally spotted in places south of their range, like the Midwest during the winter months. This bird is our largest bird in length but not in weight. They have what appears to be a bow-tie pattern around their neck, which just adds to their greatness. >>>>

    9. Northern Saw-whet Owls - Sneaky Sneaky Owls

    Bri Benvenuti / USFWS / Via Facebook: USFWSRefuges

    Our smallest northern owl, these guys live alone and nest in tree cavities. Even though they are rather common across the U.S. in winter, we often fumble while trying to see them because they are not always easy to find.

    10. Snowy Owls - They Can Survive in the Tundra ('Nuff Said)

    Larry Warfield / Via Facebook: usfwsnortheast

    Snowy Owls visit us from the tundra, and we get so excited to see them we track them. They are attracted to open fields and are often seen during the day just sitting in an open space. It can be assumed they are waiting to play football.

    11. Great Horned Owl - Not Just Good, But Great (At Everything)

    Susan Rachlin / USFWS / Via

    Great Horned Owls can take out other owls and even falcons! They are also the main predator of a skunk. Owls, like most birds, have a poor sense of smell. But lets all agree having them on your team wouldn't stink.

    If the Barred Owl hadn't been barred (heh) we would have included them. Actually, all of the owl species in this country are worth getting to know and great to have on your team. So let's keep sharing the field.

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