Northern White-Faced Owl

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Northern White-Faced Owl

Northern White-Faced OwlOriginal.jpg

Character Data
Also known as: Konoha-hakase, Professor Konoha
Japanese Name: アフリカオオコノハズク
Romanised Name: Afurika Ōkonohazuku
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Ptilopsis leucotis
Distribution: Central Africa
Diet: Carnivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: Up to 30 years
Read More: Northern white-faced owl
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 LC.svg.png
Northern White-Faced Owl Anime Season 2 Festival Pavilion​ (Gen 2)​ KF3 Nexon Game

Northern White-Faced Owl, also known as Professor Konoha, is an owl Friend who made appearances in the Kemono Friends anime as well as the original mobile game.


Northern White-Faced Owl has short steely-gray hair, with darker gray tones on the top of her head and to the sides of her bangs (dark blue-gray in the anime and Pavilion), and a large area of white crowning the forehead. Further detailings in her hair represent her animal counterpart's characteristics; the beak is represented by her yellow-tinted forelock, the patterned areas on the sides of her head serve as her wings, and two upward tufts of hair in-between her bangs mimic those above the bird's eyes. Her owl's tail is striped gray and dark-gray, and her eyes are amber.
She wears a buttoned coat with a fur-like collar, pockets, and rounded cuffs. Her jacket is patterned similarly to her wings, with sparse dark-grey hatching. She also wears white leggings, light-yellow gloves, and light-yellow Mary Janes; the latter two of which include white and grey tints at the ends to resemble the owl's talons.
Her Nexon artwork (at right) further depicts her wielding a wooden geologist's hammer. Her anime and Pavilion depictions remove the white/gray tint from her shoes and omit the gloves entirely.

In Real Life

A northern white-faced owl at the Cotswold Wildlife Park, Oxfordshire, England.
The northern white-faced owl is found in a band across Africa between the Sahara and the Equator. Like all owls, they can rotate their heads and necks as much as 270°; this is due to them having 14 neck vertebrae compared to the 7 in humans, which makes their necks more flexible.

Northern white-faced owls have a unique defense mechanism. When faced with a predator slightly larger than itself, the bird flares its wings to appear larger. When faced with something significantly larger than itself, it pulls its feathers inwards, elongates its body, and narrows its eyes to thin slits; it is thought that this may be a form of camouflage.

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