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The Owl is a nocturnal bird found in Red Dead Redemption.


Even though they are quite large birds, owls can be extremely hard to see, due to their choice of habitat and feeding times. They only appear at night, and can occasionally be heard hooting. Owls mostly spend time airborne; however, they will come to the ground at times, which makes them easier to spot. They will flee at the first sign of trouble.


Owl Feathers can be gathered as part of the Strangers side-mission "Deadalus and Son".

Owls can be killed for the Sharpshooter Challenge Level 1.


Owls can be found in all three states during the night: Chuparosa in Nuevo Paraíso; Beecher's Hope, Great Plains, and Tall Trees in West Elizabeth; and Silent Stead, MacFarlane's Ranch, Warthington Ranch, and Tumbleweed in New Austin. Multiple owls can also be found around Jorge's Gap and Venter's Place.

Hunting Tips

As noted above, they are very difficult to see, so the player will have to listen for their distinctive hooting. Then, track the sound silently, until the owl appears, or until it lands and the player will get a clear shot. A Buffalo Rifle is not recommended, since it can make owls explode. When owls land, they keep very still, and only move very slowly. They also keep silent while grounded. Be careful not to mistake them for tufts of grass if out on the Great Plains.

One way to find owls easier is to wait until dawn breaks, when owls will still be feeding for a short period of time, and search them. This will increase the chance of seeing them. The player should be careful not to mistake owls for other species of birds while hunting. If a "hoo" or "kwit" is heard, firing a gun into the air usually makes them fly off in fright, offering a brief chance to catch them in the air with Dead-Eye targeting mode.

Another way to find owls is to go up to Tall Trees at night and look through all the trees. Owls usually perch on the trees, or in dense bushes. A rifle that's not too powerful, or revolvers/pistols, are the best for hunting owls.


  • Taxidermied owls can be found in many buildings, such as the study in Dutch's hideout, and in the living room of Beecher's Hope.



The player must kill an owl to successfully complete the following Trophies/Achievements:

20 gamerscoregamerscore
Bronze bronzebronze
Kill every animal species in the game in any game mode.

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