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The Barn Owl Trust's leaflet on sexing barn owls: [link]
I think that in the past I may have said something about putting together a tutorial of some sort because people keep asking me things (mostly about owls). This is the first part of it. I started out with this part not because anyone's actually asked me about it or because it has anything to do with how to draw, but because media tends to get this wrong. Movies get it wrong, literature gets it wrong, the T-shirt catalog in front of me right now got it wrong. And also because I wanted to draw something about the snowy owl that played Hedwig being a male for a long time now.

Anyway, before I start on the rest, is there anything at all, about any subject, that anyone wants to make sure I include (That you can NOT already find a tutorial for)?
Also, do you think that it would be more accessible if I uploaded it into parts (like this one) or combined everything into one or two big tutorials? (Or did both?)
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KatrueYumeNikki Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
asher-050100 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol, dat Nyra :rofl:
guadisaves02 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Student General Artist
the book also says that Nyra is white, and the official book artwork also describe her as white, so it is similar in some ways i guess :P but you're right of the coloration :meow:
Earldense Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
I don't think the book says she's white, it just says she has a large, moonlike face. The artwork in the books is sometimes inaccurate and inconsistent (Kludd starts out with a brown stomach and several spots, then later he's painted as almost solid white with no spots), so I wouldn't consider it cannon. Besides, she's not solid white in the artwork anyway, she looks normal except that she has no spots.
WindWing101 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Oh my gosh, thank you for doing this! The Legend of the Guardians movie was frustrating for me, especially since the book it was based off of was by an author who actually payed attention to these details...

Obviously the movie did it so you could more easily tell males and females apart, but wouldn't voices be enough? Why do girls always have to be smaller and petite? In fact, most bird species I know of the sexes are the same size, or the female is larger (Raptors)... In insects that's often the case too. I remember reading someone's comment saying "Well in general males are always bigger and stronger." Sure, that's true for the most average male mammals, but I don't like how our society is having it incorporated with species that don't follow that rule. Heck, insects rule the whole planet and greatly outnumber mammals, and their biology is completely different. Even if it is just a kid's movie, it seems to rub off. I was at a wolf sanctuary place, and the head guy asked "What do we call the lowest ranking wolves?" and some little boy, maybe around 5, was like "Females."

I was like, "The hell your parents teaching you?" o.o'

Anyways, sorry for this long rant, I'm really glad you made a guide. Just standing up for animals and women's rights I guess xD
Earldense Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
You're welcome, I guess xP
WindWing101 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
xD No problem.
scratch212 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
nyra: im a guy Troll 
metal beak: A Real o.O 
xXLoki-FangirlXx Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nyra's face says it all! XD poor Metal Beak. XD
thank you for the info. Lol wow idiot know that females were bigger than males. Yay is females are stronger! Anyways yeah that cracked me up. Also I so didn't know tha headwig was a male.
Jdcorc Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Every time I try and look at Nyra's face..

Nyra: I'm a guy *epic troll face*

Me: *Starts cracking up like an insane person in an asylum*
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