I prefer to see barn owls like this;
Barn owls have very beautiful feathers, with a delicate pattern on the top, then almost pure white on the underneath.
My dad think that rigor mortis caused the claws to stiffen up. It was next to impossible to get the claws out straight. They were covered with these light hairs, but I can't find what purpose the hairs have.
Unlike almost other animal I can think of, the shape of the owl's head is nothing like the shape of its skull, because it covered in thick feathers which give a shape a bit like a satellite dish, and a bit like a heart, with a "nose" in the middle. It's the opposite of being streamlined and aerodynamic, because it collects sounds and directs them to the ears. It's sound is so good that it can find prey by sound alone.
Looking very carefully under I found one of its huge ears. The ears on each side are at different heights, to help them locate prey more accurately.
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