Giant owls speak Common and Sylvan.
A giant owl attacks by gliding silently just a few feet above
its prey and plunging to strike when directly overhead.
Superior Low-Light Vision (Ex): A giant owl can see five times
as far as a human can in dim light.
Skills: Giant owls receive a +8 racial bonus to Listen checks.
*They also receive a +4 racial bonus to Spot checks in dusk and
darkness; when in flight, they gain a +8 bonus to Move Silently
Training a Giant Owl
Training a giant owl as an aerial mount requires a successful
Handle Animal check (DC 24 for a young creature, or DC 29 for an
adult) and that the creature be willing.
Giant owl eggs are worth 2,500 gp apiece on the open market,
while chicks are worth 4,000 gp each. Professional trainers
charge 1,000 gp to rear or train a giant owl, and riding one
requires an exotic saddle. A giant owl can fight while carrying a
rider, but the rider cannot also attack unless he or she succeeds
at a Ride check.
Carrying Capacity: A light load for a giant owl is up to 300
pounds; a medium load, 301-600 pounds; and a heavy load, 601-900