In addition to their great size, (9 feet (2.7 meters) tall with a wingspan of 20 feet (6.1 meters),) these creatures were intelligent and capable of speech.
Giant owls were good-natured and sought to live in harmony with the world. They opposed evil and needless destruction.
Giants owls attacked by gliding above their foes and striking at them with their talons. When possible, giant owls would band together to attack in concert.
Giant owls could be often encountered by the traders traveling from Luskan to Ten Towns of Icewind Dale. The smaller creatures, those less than 4 ft (1.2 m) in height, were in danger of being preyed upon by these nocturnal birds.
- A number of magic items in the Realms were able to summon giant owls, including the Bird feather headdress and a version of the Great Druid's Staff.
- The spell conjure animals could summon a giant owl to the aid of its caster.
- The spell flight of Remnis could summon a giant owl to the aid of its caster.
- A giant owl could be pulled from a robe of useful items.
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