Owls are night birds that stay awake in the night and sleep during the day in Lyra's world. When winter arrives, Owls have fear over that since they get cold and travel to the south where they would stay in warm spots until the winter season leaves and return back to the north in spring time. At nightfall, owls hoot and also go hunting for worms. A symbol of an owl was part of the main symbols in the alethiometer which meant Night, Winter, and Fear.
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