Much maligned due to the fearsome reputation of their cousin the owlbear, bearowls are peaceful vegetarians who enjoy poetry, sunny afternoons, and long walks along the river. No one quite knows where they get this, since both bears and owls are rather fearsome predators. In his rather long book, Fauna of Golarion: their love lives, dining preferences, and other important facts, Gorvine Paklupti, a renowned natural philosopher, opines that both owlbears and bearowls were the result of long-ago experiments by a gnomish necromantic druid who thought it would make a great prank. Dissatisfied with the peaceful bearowl, he then went on to create the owlbear, which ate him.
The two can be differentiated by the beautiful plumage of the bearowl.