Fact Check

Are there blue owls? Let’s find out.

Claim

I don’t know if you need cheering up, but this is an owl going to a fancy dress party as a kingfisher. (It’s a Norwegian blue owl, apparently).

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Explanation

An image of a blue coloured bird is shared in social media with a claim that it is the image of an owl. Some of these claims can be seen here and here.

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What’s the truth?

When we did a keyword search for a blue owl, we did not come across any such bird exist. We found a listed company in US with a name Blue Owl but not a bird species that looks blue. Moreover, we found that similar claims were made earlier using a different picture of a blue which can be seen here.

This image was used earlier to claim the existence of a blue owl.

Moreover, a simple search for owls on the internet reveals an article from the Britannica, which is a famous encyclopedia, that says “Owls vary in colour from white through many shades of tan, gray, brown, or rufous (reddish) to deep brown.” It does not mention anything about owls being blue.

We contacted Dr.Kiruba Nandhini, a researcher and an Ornithology (study of birds) expert regarding the existence of a blue owl. Her response was, “There are many colourful birds across various species including those birds that are blue in colour, but a coloured owl does not exist. This is just craftly photoshopped.”

Conclusion

In our search, we found that a blue owl does not exist, and the viral image is not authentic.

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