Barn OwlRoseville, California, USA
Member of the Owl Family
*true owl fact*~ Owls have asymetrically placed ears. This allows them to have a greater degree of accuracy when detecting where sounds are coming from. Helpful when hunting small things at night, I'm sure.
*true bird fact that is actually relevant to this specific bird*~ The Barn Owl has an astounding range, spanning six continents, 44 million square kilometers. Your amateurnithologist wants to say that this makes it the most widely spread owl, but you never know with this kind of thing. Additionally, the Barn Owl has a reputation all over the world as a bird with a connection to the spirit world. In some places he is called the Devil Owl, Death Owl, Demon Owl, or Hobgoblin Owl.
Is not actually evil, but comes and goes freely in the dark places of the world
Legendarily good cook, sought after for bird parties
In bird legend, ferries birds who have died over to the other side (the bird version of the grim reaper)
Not too worried about how things are going to turn out