This season has brought on a serious case of avian fever! Here at ModCloth, all of our bird-inspired fare has garnered attention, but one order seems to have the most die-hard devotees : The Owls.
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These observant loners seem unlikely candidates for popularity; their feathers pale in comparison to the bright plumage of the peacock and they lack the romantic symbolism of the dove or eagle. Yet, we are drawn to them. Perhaps it is their sense of solitude and mystery that attracts us– a beauty that isn’t flashy, but still hauntingly memorable. Perhaps we admire how comfortable they are in their own feathers, no matter how different they may be from the other birds.
There are, of course, many sayings and myths associated with owls: the highly-educated, spectacle-wearing “Wise Owl” and the rebellious, over-caffeinated “Night Owl” are common owl characters, but where did these concepts originate?
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One possible origin of the wise old owl myth may be its association with the Greek goddess of wisdom, Athena. She is often depicted with an owl companion in paintings and sculpture. Athena’s owl has even been found inscribed on coins:
The magic and mystery associated with owls may be the result of their nighttime liveliness. Most owls are nocturnal birds of prey, which explains why you hear their hoots only in the evenings (by the way, that infamous hooting has to do with courting tactics). Their incredible night vision also accounts for their association with intelligence and clarity, as they can literally see things that diurnal (or, daytime) animals cannot!
Fun Owl Facts:
- owls inhabit the majority of the Earth’s regions
- a baby owl is known as an “owlet” or “fledgling”
- a group of owls is a “parliament”
- a group of snow owls is sometimes called a “blizzard” (!)
Haven’t had a chance to check out all of our awesome owl-inspired accessories? Here’s just a few that can be found right now at ModCloth.com!
Have some owl facts or stories of your own? I’d love to hear them!