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Owlman is the name given to a large owl-like humanoid entity, noticably similar to the Mothman. It lives in Cornwall, England and has been sighted several times. The first sighting took place in 1976 in the village of Mawnan. The Owlman is sometimes seen as the English counterpart of the Mothman due to the similarities between the two.


  • In the year of 1976, a paranormal researcher by the name of Tony "Doc" Shiels came forward claiming that he had investigated a report of two young girls on holiday in Mawnan who saw a large winged creature hovering above the church tower on April 17, 1976. Some stories vary, but most are consistent when it comes to what the girls dubbed the creature - Owlman.
  • On July 3, 14-year-old Sally Chapman was camping with a friend, Barbara Perry, in woods near the church. According to her account, as she stood outside her tent, she heard a hissing sound and turned to see a figure that looked like an owl as big as a man, with pointed ears and red eyes. The girls reported that the creature flew up into the air, revealing black pincer-like claws. Sightings of this figure continued to be reported the following day (when it was described as "silvery gray") and on two occasions two years later, in June and August 1978, all within the vicinity of the church.
  • Because both of the 1970s sightings involved "Doc" Shiels, an eccentric with a fondness for hoaxes, researcher Jonathan Downes acknowledges that Shiels could have invented the Owlman. However, Downes claims to have interviewed a young man, whom he calls "Gavin", who encountered the Owlman in 1989, independently of Shiels. "Gavin" and his "girlfriend" claimed to have seen a creature "about five feet tall... The legs had high ankles and the feet were large and black with two huge 'toes' on the visible side. The creature was gray with brown and the eyes definitely glowed."
  • In 1995, a female tourist from Chicago wrote to the Western Morning News in Truro, claiming to have seen a "man-bird... with a ghastly face, a wide mouth, glowing eyes and pointed ears" as well as "clawed wings."


  • Possibly Mothman.
  • Eurasian Eagle Owl, although in the 1970s it had not recently lived in the wild in Britain.