Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Birds at Large: Teal Owl

People are again clamoring for a crazy-colored owl! Thankfully, Snopes.com is once again on the case.

Back in 2012 I linked to an entry on Snopes.com - the online investigator of popular myths and rumors - about a "newly discovered" "rainbow owl."  It's quite clearly a hack photoshop job, but that hasn't stopped the hordes of blinkered, googling citizenry from making it one of my all-time most visited posts (which, honestly, isn't that hard to do).

But apparently those devious tech geniuses are at it again. Behold, the teal owl!

My goodness! How could this gorgeous species have eluded scientists for so long?? Again, Snopes looked into it and revealed that it's literally the easiest photoshop job.  It's a Guatemalan Pygmy-Owl (here's the original photo from Owl Pages).

Thanks again, Snopes, for setting the record straight.


Anonymous said...

Who cares if it is photoshopped, it is beautiful.

Unknown said...

Great coloring

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MarlyLasVegas said...

It is beautiful. But you'd care that it was fake if you set out in search of them.
Of course, that would also be the fault of anyone impulsive enough to do that, based off an internet photo with no other research.
Gotta go- I heard they sell purple owls at the swap meet!
Rats! It's not open today.

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