Catesby Volume I: The Little Owl

Mark Catesby's
Description of the Little Owl

NOCTUA AURITA Minor

Is about the size of, or rather less than a Jack-daw; has large pointed Ears; the Bill small, the Iris of the Eye of a deep yellow, or Saffron-colour; the Feathers of the Face white, with a mixture of reddish brown: the Head and upper part of the Body of a sulvous or reddish brown colour: the Wings are of the same colour, except that they are verged about with white, have some white spots on the Quill-feathers, and five larger white spots on the upper part of each wing; the Breast and Belly is dusky white, intermix'd with reddish brown feathers: the Tail dark-brown, a little longer than the wings: the Legs and Feet light brown, feather'd and hairy down to the toes, armed with four semicircular black Tallons. The Hen is of a deeper brown, without any tincture of red.