Moonjumper Head "Are you lost too? I've been lost for as long as I can remember."

"I had no idea the Owls could cook something that wouldn't go boom!"
—Owl's Brew Badge Description

Science Owls are an early version of what would eventually become Express Owls. Their main appearance was in the act Train Rush, where they attempted to prevent Hat Kid from reaching the front of the train. They also are the creators of the Owl's Brew Badge.



A prerelease screenshot of an early Train Rush, featuring some Science Owls. These specific Owls were absent from the beta release.

Science Owls share many visual similarities with Express Owls, with the only notable differences being their clothing. Science Owls are clothed in a long, white lab coat which reaches down to the tops of their feet. Underneath, they wear a plain white shirt, and a light red tie. They also wear a small pair of rectangular glasses, perched atop their beak. Unlike the Express Owls, they are never seen wearing hats.

Science Owls went through a second design change, though unlike the labcoat variant, this one was used in the final game for the Express Band.


Much like their final counterparts, Science Owls played the role of a NPC, both friendly and hostile.


In the playable builds, the only Owls encountered are trying to attack you. However, in the Alpha Build's title screen they can be seen in the background alongside other characters.


Science owls will attack by throwing clipboards at Hat Kid, and then running away. In one particular segment in Train Rush, one uses a rather large laser, which will damage Hat Kid if touched. They also were seen to originally make up the Science Band in the act The Big Parade.There was also Science Owls that were going to use shrink potions to attack Hat Kid



  • Even though the Science Owls became the Express Owls, they do still make appearances in the final game.
    • They appear in some of the portraits in the Subcon Forest.
    • One Mafia makes mention of a "confusing science owl" hosting a television show.
    • One of the dolls Hat Girl has, and will occasionally use in an idle animation, is a Science Owl.
    • A chalkboard in Train Rush still depicts several Science Owls.
    • When the cursor is on the Conductor's side in the Battle of the Birds Act Select, two Science Owls appear behind him.
    • The clipboard that appears in Hat Kid's toy chest, and some Express Owls throw, make mention of Owls being "Very Smart".