A number of species of the owl are mentioned in the Bible, #Le 11:17; De 14:16 Isa 14:23; 34:15; Zep 2:14| and in several other places the same Hebrew word is used where it is translated ostrich. #Job 30:29; Jer 50:39| Some of these species were common in Israel, and, as is well known, were often found inhabiting ruins. #Isa 34:11,13-15|