Book of the Week: A trio of books for Owl Awareness Day


In celebration of International Owl Awareness Day, 4 August 2016, here is a varied selection of the Leventis Library’s collection of books about owls.

The House of Owls

HouseOfOwlsby Tony Angell

Shelfmark: BI/078/040



For a quarter century, Tony Angell and his family shared the remarkable experience of closely observing pairs of western screech owls that occupied a nesting box outside their forest home. The journals the author recorded his observations in, and the captivating drawings he created, form the heart of this compelling book – a personal account of an artist-naturalists’s life with owls. Angell’s extensive illustrations show owls engaged in what owls do – hunting, courting, raising families, and exercising their inquisitive respect for their secret lives and daunting challenges. Angell discusses the unique characteristics that distinguish owls form other bird species and provides a fascinating overview of the impact owls have had on human culture and thought. He also offers detailed scientific descriptions of the nineteen species of owls found in North America, as well as their close relatives elsewhere. Always emphasizing the interaction of humans and owls, the author affirms by his own example the power of these birds both to beguile and to inspire.


Foreword by Robert Michael Pyle

  1. The House of Owls
  2. About Owls
  3. Owls and Human Culture
  4. Owls in Company with People
  5. Owls of Unique Habitat
  6. Owls of Wild and Remote Places

Illustration Credits

Owls – ambassadors for the protection of nature in their changing landscapes

OwlsInTheirChangingLandscapesedited by David H. Johnson, Dres Van Nieuwenhuyse and James R. Duncan

Shelfmark: BI/078/030

Proceedings of the fourth World Owl Conference 31 October – 4 November 2007, Groningen, The Netherlands.



Although through the centuries many owl species have benefited from the activity of people, nowadays, many species are locally or even globally under threat from intensified human impact on their landscapes. Destruction of natural habitats, forestry practices, changes of land use in agricultural areas, and increased infrastructure contribute substantially to population declines of owls. In addition, insecticides and rodenticides limit the amount of food available and may cause secondary poisoning. The problems facing owls are not at all solely theirs, as they affect many creatures that share their living space. Many animal species will thus benefit from owl conservation efforts. Conservation hinges on a thorough understanding of owl biology and interactions within ecosystems in which the owls live. The gain and spread of scientific knowledge and the exchange of experiences regarding owl-related nature protection projects are very important in achieving conservation objectives. This volume of Ardea offers a superb collection of papers on owl biology and conservation as presented during the fourth World Owl Conference held in Groningen, The Netherlands.



Survey and monitoring
Demographics and population trends
Habitat use
Life history and genetics
Physiology and toxicology
Diet composition
Project reviews

Undiscovered Owls: A Sound Approach Guide

UnDiscoveredOwls by Magnus Robb & The Sound Approach

Shelfmark: BI/078/035

The Sound Approach aim to popularise birdsong and raise standards in the use of sounds in bird identification.  This book includes four CDs with 327 sound recordings of 38 species of owls.



Explore the twilight world of owls that you can hear in your garden, the park or woods with this lyrical investigation into their sounds. Listen to previously unpublished digital stereo recordings of the owls of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, illustrated with annotated sonagrams. Enjoy paintings and photographs, often of the individuals recorded. Learn how to research into evolution, behaviour and sounds invite us to recognise a dozen new owl species.

Share the thrill of closing in on a huge fish owl found only a handful of times before, the rarest owl in our region. Travel to rugged desert mountains, where the authors chanced upon a previously undiscovered owl, the first new Arabian bird species for nearly 80 years. Learn to listen like an owl and maybe you could find the next one.



Chapter 1: Tyto
Chapter 2: Aegolius
Chapter 3: Athene
Chapter 4: Surnia
Chapter 5: Glaucidium
Chapter 6: Otus
Chapter 7: Asio
Chapter 8: Bubo
Chapter 9: Strix

Håkan Delin’s artwork
Species guide to the accompanying CDs


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