Owls are among the most ancient of birds on the planet. According to ornithologists, owl lived in North America for several tens of millions of years ago. It is believed that the first bird similar to an owl lived back in the Mesozoic period, about 250 million years BC. Although they refer to birds of prey, with daytime avian predators, they have little in common. In the legends of the Middle Ages owls appear as mystical characters, seeing the past, present and future, in those days, people were afraid of them and passed it by. In the perception of the modern man owl - the wisest bird in the world. These birds are mentioned in the Bible, in the prophecies of Isaiah, and the bas-reliefs of the Babylonian goddess Ishtar depicted accompanied by two owls.