The More-Spotted Sooty Owl lives in South Wales and is pitch black with a prevalence of white spots covering the feathers. The winter plumage contains more spots than the summer plumage. The owl’s chiefly found in the western part of the Brecon Beacons National Park in the area from Crai towards Myddfai and Llandeilo. This area comprises farmland with woods, ideal for the owl and its unusual hunting methods.
The owl hunts on foot at night in the woods. The plumage provides camouflage because as moonlight bathes the woods, shadows are cast on the ground, and the owl’s feathers look like dappled moonlight against the darkness. The owl will often stand completely still and watch the mice and rats without being seen by them.
This is an extract from the book Animals Evolution Avoided