<p>Ashy-faced owls (<i>Tyto glaucops</i>) are native to the Caribbean. This one was photographed at the Santo Domingo Zoo in Santo Domingo de Guzman, Dominican Republic. (<a href="http://www.natgeocreative.com/photography/2331379">License this photo</a>&nbsp;or <a href="http://www.cafepress.com/art.1721750065">buy prints</a>.)</p>

Ashy-faced owls (Tyto glaucops) are native to the Caribbean. This one was photographed at the Santo Domingo Zoo in Santo Domingo de Guzman, Dominican Republic. (License this photo or buy prints.)

Photograph by Joel Sartore, National Geographic Photo Ark

Ten Pictures of Superb Owls for the Super Bowl

These "superb owls" are ready for the "Big Game," and they are not intimidated by the National Football League.

The National Football League keeps a close eye on who uses its trademarked game name, "Super Bowl." Advertisers often call it the "Big Game" for fear of getting slapped with a copyright infringement claim, a trend that Stephen Colbert mocked on his previous show The Colbert Report with his "Superb Owl" coverage.

In honor of actual owls, here are ten pictures of these charismatic birds from National Geographic's Photo Ark—a multiyear project to create portraits of the world’s species before they disappear, and to inspire people everywhere to care about wildlife.

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