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Pictured: The 100,000-to-one black barn owl

Black and White: Sable (left) has melanism (a 100,000-to-one gene mutation) that makes her the opposite to an albino. Black owls are usually killed as chicks by their mothers who reject their colouring. She would be attacked by other owls in the wild. This barn owl was born in captivity.

Burrowing Owl A curious owl examines a camera — and its attendant photographer, presumably — at Moses Lake, Washington State.

Tyto alba, or the Barn owl. These awesome birds are found on every continent.