“The Boreal, or Tengmalm’s Owl was first classified in 1758 by Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778), the Swedish naturalist, who developed binomial nomenclature to classify and organise plants and animals. “Funereus” comes from the Latin word for funeral. In North America, where it is known as the Boreal Owl, it was named after the Greek god of the north wind, Boreas. In other parts of the world, it is known as Tengmalms Owl. Other names for this Owl are Richardson’s Owl, Sparrow Owl, Partridge-haw and Pearl Owl (Finland)." The Owl Pages

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  • JanT
    JanTabout 4 years ago

    Great photo, and in the daylight, too, Michael. I have a photo of a dark blob with bright eyes in our tree. Beautiful work!

  • Thanks Jan

    – Michael Cummings

  • Akkra
    Akkraabout 4 years ago

    What a lovely big owl, it almost looks like a soft toy! Beautiful detailing on it’s feathers.

  • Actually they are not very not about 9 inched head to tail

    – Michael Cummings

  • andrewdjohnson
    andrewdjohnsonabout 4 years ago

    Great owls. I need to go looking for some owls.

  • It’s always an adventure when looking for Owls

    – Michael Cummings

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleabout 4 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Thanks Rick

    – Michael Cummings

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 4 years ago

    Splendid – this one would make a perfect matched set with the Saw Whet snoozing.

  • They are similar, same genus different species

    – Michael Cummings

  • Tracy Faught
    Tracy Faughtabout 4 years ago

    Just perfect!! Very beautiful!!! :O]

  • Thanks you Tracey

    – Michael Cummings

  • Jadon
    Jadonabout 4 years ago

    beautiful shot…

  • Thanks Jason

    – Michael Cummings

  • Akkra
    Akkraabout 4 years ago

    Oh that just makes it even more adorable! :o)

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 4 years ago


  • Edyta Magdalena Pelc
    Edyta Magdalen...almost 4 years ago

    nice shot,a real great collection you have :)

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