February 14, 2013

The Mighty Owl

Oh, love. So complicated. This Valentine's, let's take another look at popular motifs instead of delving into all of that. Stemming from a comment on my last post about the comparative popularity of birds such as hummingbirds and sparrows compared to owls, I did a little data analysis of items on Etsy.

How popular are owls? Way, way popular! They make up 44.8% of popular bird types themed on Etsy. Here's how they compare in a pie chart:

Birds in general are also way, way popular compared to all other animals.

The popularity of owls probably contributes to this ultra-robust showing of "bird" among animal-themed items on Etsy, besting even lions, tigers and bears. Oh my!

But back to love. Sorry! I can't help it. It is Valentine's Day. Perhaps you're wondering how popular "love" is among Etsy motifs.

Love triumphs!

Until next time --

Purty Bird


nordeasoaperie said...

Awesome analysis! Glad to see that hummingbirds and sparrows are almost as popular as the mighty owl :-)

Anonymous said...

This is the cutest blog post I've read in a while, bravo!

mellowbeing said...

This is a great post - thanks for putting this info together. It would be interesting to compare this info to the number of items sold that are in these categories. Just because a lot of them are listed, does it mean they sell well also? Very curious :)

urzzz said...

Great article!

You were ahead of NYTimes, where recently this article about owl's holding popularity: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/26/science/long-cloaked-in-mystery-owls-start-coming-into-full-view.html?_r=0

and to quote: "In the Western imagination, the owl surely vies with the penguin for the position of My Favorite Bird. “Everyone loves owls,” said David J. Bohaska, a paleobiologist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, who discovered one of the earliest owl fossils..."

PurtyBird said...

Thanks, urzzz! Great to know!