The Harmless Owls of Egypt

little owl Catalonia

Prospero Alpini writes:

Alexandria and Cairo have nearly as many owls as pigeons, and they fly around both day and night. I don’t believe that these owls hunt smaller birds as they do in Italy, as though they are quite commonly seen by day, the little birds pay them none of the startled attention that causes them to gather when they see an owl in Italy. Thus we failed more than once to capture small birds here, whereas in Italy we have often used an owl and birdlime to hunt birds with great success.