The long-tailed tit or long-tailed bushtit (Aegithalos caudatus), occasionally referred to as the silver-throated tit or silver-throated dasher, is a common bird found throughout Europe and Asia.
This species has been described as a tiny (at only 5–6 inches in length, including its 2.5-3.5 inch long tail), round-bodied tit with a short, stubby bill and a very long, narrow tail. The plumage is mainly black and white, with variable amounts of grey and pink. Its appearance has given rise to the nickname “the flying lollipop”.
The northern hawk-owl (Surnia ulula) is a non-migratory owl that usually stays within its breeding range, though it sometimes irrupts southward. It is one of the few owls that is neither nocturnal nor crepuscular, being active only during the day. This is the only living species in the genus Surnia of the family Strigidae. The species is sometimes called simply the hawk owl; however, many species of owls in the genus Ninox are also called “hawk owls”.
The flammulated owl (Psiloscops flammeolus) is a small, nocturnal owl approximately 6 inches long with a 14 inch wingspan.
The owl gets the name flammulated from the flame-like markings on its face.
The flammulated owl is similar in appearance to the western screech owl, but is only about one-quarter the mass, lacks large ear tufts (but has small ear tufts that are barely visible), and has dark eyes and a different voice.
Unlike many owls, they are migratory, leaving Canada and the United States in the fall.
You know something really fucked up? This bird has never once had to pay a “Sephora tax” to get this look. Never once had to glue on lashes or learn to blend eye shadows.
“I woke up like this. Feeling cute.”
Anyway here is my minimum standard for an okay looking bird and if have one in your house that doesn’t match up, that’s probably on you. Talk to your birds and if you can’t get them to try harder, get better birds.