Duration: 1st October – 31st October
Number of books: 8
Hosted by: Crazy Challenge Connection
BARN OWL / Tyto alba
1. The Barn Owl is a medium-sized owl with dark eyes and a very distinctly heart-shaped facial disc that is sharply outlined with reddish brown. Their hearing is better than their sight, and they have the sharpest hearing out of any animal tested. The Barn Owl is found on all continents except Antarctica, and is not only the most widespread owl species, but one of the most widespread of all bird species. No wonder it has more than 20 names, including ghost owl, death owl and hissing owl.
Read a book by any author who has a book on this list of 2016 International Fiction Bestsellers OR a book from a series with more than 20 published books; tell us how many books
NOTE: Yes, you may read one of the books listed on the Bestsellers list at the link above.
GREAT HORNED OWL / Bubo virginianus
NOTE: For those who haven’t heard it, here’s a Great Horned Owl call for your listening pleasure 🙂
2. The Great Horned Owl is a large owl that can be reddish brown, grey or black and white in color with “horns” that aren’t horns at all but only tufts of feathers. They have huge, thick, heavy feet with big talons that can reach up to 1.5 inches long and are completely covered in feathers. This owl is found throughout North America and in Central and South America in dense forests, deserts and plains, and even city parks. There is a reason that this is the species used as a model for statues of owls strategically placed on buildings and in yards to keep smaller birds away. Author Carol Lee points out that, “Almost any living creature that walks, crawls, flies, or swims, except the large mammals, is the great horned owl’s legitimate prey.”
Read a book with a verb ending in “-ed” in the title OR a book with a statue on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail); post the cover
SNOWY OWL / Bubo scandiacus
3. The Snowy Owl has very white feathers and black spots or bars lining its wings, back and belly. It is the heaviest owl in North America, and has the second largest wing area among North American owls. It lives in North America, ranging from the northern USA, throughout all of Canada and also in Siberia during the winter. They reside permanently even further north, reaching into the Arctic regions.
Read a book that is over 500 pages long; tell us how many pages OR a book with snow on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail); post the cover
Frostbitten by Kelley Armstrong
SPOTTED OWL / Strix occidentalis
4. The Spotted Owl’s plumage is soft and fluffy and brown with heavy white spotting on the breast and belly. The wings, back and head have less spots than on the body. Found in North America in the northwestern United States, in the Rocky Mountain region and in British Columbia, as well as some mountainous parts of Mexico, this owl mates for life, but does not breed every year. Spotted Owls are important in the Haida cultures of Alaska and British Columbia and can be seen carved into their totem poles.
Read a book with a Native American character; tell us who OR a book with a couple who was married when the book began and stays together throughout the entire book
SPECTACLED OWL / Pulsatrix perspicillata
5. Spectacled Owls are distinctly colored, with dark brown bodies and very light colored bellies. Their name comes from the white surrounding their eyes that resembles eyeglasses, or “spectacles”. Their babies have markings the exact opposite of their parents, with white bodies and dark faces. They are found in Mexico, Central America, and South America in dense tropical rainforests, dry forests, savannahs with trees, plantations and open areas with few trees. This owl is not seen often, but is more commonly seen in areas like Costa Rica and the Amazon.
Read a book with less than 2500 ratings on Goodreads; tell us how many ratings OR a book by an author whose initials – including middle initial or name if used on GR – can be found in SPECTACLED; post a link to the author’s page
Walk in my Shoes by Alwyn Evans
ELF OWL / Micrathene whitneyi
6. The Elf Owl is a very small owl with a round head and no ear tufts. Its plumage is light gray and brown. This owl nests in woodpecker cavities in cacti and deciduous trees. Often times the woodpecker cavities are not abandoned, thus raising competition between the owl and woodpecker. The Elf Owl is found in the southwestern USA and central Mexico, where it inhabits woodlands, canyons, plateaus, mountain slopes and deserts with a lot of giant saguaro cacti. It is a nocturnal bird whose diet consists mostly of insects that are resting on tree branches or on the ground.
Read a book in which there is some kind of competition between two or more characters (NOT a game or sport); tell us how they’re competing OR a book with a two-word title; ALL words count!
The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
BARRED OWL / Strix varia
7. The Barred Owl, also known as the Hoot Owl, is gray-brown in color with a chest that is patterned with horizontal white bars and vertical bars on the belly. It is found in the majority of the United States, and a large part of the southern territory of Canada in deep, moist forests, wooded swamps and woodlands that are in close proximity to water sources. They are currently expanding to further western habitats, which raises concern regarding competition for resources with the endangered Spotted Owl.
Read a book with consecutive double letters in the author’s name (first, middle or last); post a link to the author’s GR page OR a book set in Canada; tell us where
House Rules by Chloe Neill
LONG-EARED OWL / Asio otus
8. The Long-Eared Owl is a medium sized owl with brown and yellowish brown plumage. It doesn’t have long ears, but rather long tufts of feathers that resemble ears. This owl is nocturnal and is active mostly at dusk. It is found in Europe, Asia and North America, and can live for up to 10 years. Nest sites are found in old crow or hawk nests made of sticks that are well-covered by dense forest and at least 15-30 feet off of the ground.
Read a book with an intact “10” in the original year of publication OR a book whose title begins with a letter in LONG (disregard A, An and The)