Little Owl (Athene noctua)
I might be a teeny-tiny twenty centimeters from head to tail, but don’t let the size fool you. Others can stretch their wings as big as a full grown man, but I’m still strong enough to lift a rabbit and my voice carries several kilometers if I shout my loudest. More than just volume, I’m elegant with words too — 20+ vocalizations for all situations — and if that doesn’t impress, name 20 subjects you can speak about with confidence!
Eurasian Scops Owl (Otus scops)
You think raising your kids is hard? Try hatching six eggs in the wall of an abandoned building while your farmland is shrinking year to year. The other night I made 127 trips before dawn just to get the grasshoppers they were demanding. 127! And they always want the same ones as their friends! Of course, they love Macedonia because there’s so many hoppers to try and I’m grateful for somewhere that still gives them what they need to grow up healthy. That doesn’t mean I’m not looking forward to autumn when I can fly off to sub-Saharan Africa for a break from these squawking kids though!