"These wonderful birds share our world so discreetly, and you could easily live out several lifetimes without ever seeing one. However, with a little insight, patience and luck, you could step into their realm and enjoy some unforgettable close encounters, whether abroad or at home. The chances are high that there are wild owls of one kind or another living not far from your own front door, and your observations could make a difference to their survival."—from the IntroductionFrom tiny Elf and Pygmy Owls through the familiar Tawny and Barn Owls to the giant Eagle and Fish Owls, these fierce hunters of dawn, dusk and night have long held a fascination for people around the world. This informative book, covering all owl species found in the northern hemisphere, looks closely at how owls live their lives, and how best to recognize them.The first part of the book looks in detail at owl biology: how they live, how they breed, and how they feed. The second part includes species accounts for all 47 species of owls that occur in the northern hemisphere, with emphasis on those of Europe and North America. The book is richly illustrated with sensational, full-color photographs of these compelling birds.