The original sketch (7" x 7") was drawn in graphite, scanned and then digitally painted in Photoshop and printed via inkjet on high quality Hahnemuhle William Turner 310 g/m 100 % Rag, natural white Mould-made Watercolour Inkjet Paper, 8.5x11" Paper
When is an Owl not an Owl? When it is a Tawny Frogmouth!
This unwitting 'false owl' is responsible for much confusion in the world of Owls. The fact is, this bird is not an owl at all. Owls belong to the order of Strigiformes, while Tawny Frogmouths (Podargus strigoides) are sometimes placed in the order of Coraciiformes which, in Australia, includes kingfishers and kookaburras. However, in some other taxonomies, notably by Sibley, frogmouths are indeed included with Strigiformes but separated into a different suborder (Caprimulgi) and Infraorder (Podargides) than are true owls.
The reasons for the confusion are plain to see. Here is a bird with the same mottled, cryptic pattern as an Owl, with wide eyes, and keeping the same nocturnal habits as many owl species. Further adding to the confusion is that the call of the Southern Boobook Owl (Ninox boobook) is often wrongly attributed to the Tawny Frogmouth. It is for this reason, that the Tawny Frogmouth is sometimes incorrectly referred to as a Morepork, or Mopoke.
There are other species of Frogmouths and Nightjars that are often confused with owls, but the Tawny Frogmouth is the one most commonly mistaken for an Owl.
(Article by Deane P. Lewis and Bruce G. Marcot 2006-04-25)
Renata and Jonathan
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