Face veil

close-up of a forest ear owl with clear to recognizing face veil and Federohren

of the face veils is a substantial distinguishing feature of owls. As face veil thereby the kranzförmige verge of the front owl head is designated by rigid, particularly formed feathers/springs. They strengthen and steer the acoustic waves toward the ears. The internal veil covered thereby the hearing entrance and lies over the outside veil, which is a second and larger feather/spring ring. It forms the rear edge of the side of the head and can differently than the internal face veil be deformed.

Together with the Federohren, which has no influence on the hearing achievement of the owls, the face veil plays a special role in the social and enemy behavior, since the owl thereby can signal also their tendency.

With many kinds of owl the veil is taken off by a clear contrast design from the remaining plumage colouring. With the veil owl was it even named-giving. With other kinds of owl as for example the eagle owl is optically not so strongly taken off it.

The same owl in more camouflaging “stake attitude” - the face veil works now stretched

face veil arises also with other kinds of bird. So for example the Kakapo of New Zealand , which is threatened by becoming extinct, has likewise a remarkable Gesichtsbefiederung, which one called face veil. Whether this likewise serves the hearing achievement for the reinforcement, is not yet sufficiently examined.


  • Theodor Mebs, Wolfgang Scherzinger; The owls of Europe - biology, characteristic, existence, cosmos publishing house, Stuttgart 2,000, ISBN 3-440-07069-7
the book of Mebs and Scherzinger comprehensively the way of life of the thirteen owls represented in Europe again. With altogether 396 sides no aspect of life of the owls is omitted.
  • Wolfgang Epple; It is consciously so simply written owls - the mysterious birds of the night, Gräfe and Unzer
publishing house, 1994, ISBN 3-7742-1790-4 compared to the book of Mebs and Scherzinger this is rather the book for “owl A RISERs” - that it is suitable for children and young people also.

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