Sibley owls

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

Owls are birds comprising 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:

How Species are Portrayed in the Series

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General owl size chart. Sizes may vary per individual. Art created by user Dorkryptos.

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 at the bottom of pg.188 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.

Great Horned Owls

Great Horned Owls are stereotyped as being impulsive, as mentioned by Grank in reference to Theo.

Snowy Owls

Snowy Owls are stereotyped as being stubborn, as mentioned by Grank when describing Myrrthe.


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


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