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Owl Monkeys Don't Cheat
2014-03-19 14:44:02

University of Pennsylvania Intensive fathering plays a role True monogamy is rare in the animal kingdom. Even in species that appear to "mate for life," genetic maternity and paternity tests have revealed that philandering often takes place. Yet a new study by University of Pennsylvania researchers shows that Azara's owl monkeys (Aotus azarae) are unusually faithful. The investigation of 35 offspring born to 17 owl monkey pairs turned up no evidence of cheating; the male and female...

2014-01-24 23:02:38

In the midst of an unprecedented irruption of Snowy Owls in North America, bird watchers and everyday observers alike will appreciate Bryan Shane and Patricia Lafferty’s stunning collection of images and insight into these birds offered in their book, ‘A Picture Book of Snowy Owls.’ Ottawa, Canada (PRWEB) January 24, 2014 As North America is experiencing an irruption of Snowy Owls—the likes of which have not been seen in decades—the wildlife photography of Bryan Shane and poetic...

2013-12-20 23:24:55

Enthusiasm and recognition for winter bird watching on Washington's Long Beach Peninsula is at an all time high. Birders spot Trumpeter Swans, Snowy Owls, Snow Buntings and hundreds of other bird species on bays, marshes, rivers, lakes and shoreline of 28-mile peninsula in Southwestern-most corner of Washington State. LONG BEACH PENINSULA, Wash. (PRWEB) December 20, 2013 Local birding enthusiasts are reporting spectacular sightings of birds on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula in...

2013-08-14 23:23:46

Oregon company uses barn owl pellets to encourage educators on shoestring budgets and gain friends near and far. Portland, Oregon (PRWEB) August 14, 2013 Young children generally respond to information about the untamed world with a sense of awe and wonder that fuels their desire to know more. However, as children transition into adulthood, they routinely become distracted by the demands of life and forget about the wild beauty that continues to thrive each and every day in all parts of...

Barred Owls To Be Killed In The Pacific Northwest
2013-07-24 09:09:48

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced on Tuesday their plan to remove 3,600 barred owls. The experimental plan will be carried out to protect northern spotted owl populations in the Pacific Northwest. According to the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) submitted by the Fish and Wildlife Service, a combination of lethal and non-lethal techniques will be used to "remove" the barred owl from four specific locations in...

2013-07-02 23:26:00

Oregon's barn owl pellet retailer Owl Brand Discovery Kits continues outreach to teachers dedicated to ecology education and stewardship. Portland, OR (PRWEB) July 02, 2013 In an effort to support non-profit organizations seeking to educate youth about natural resources, Owl Brand Discover Kits, a retail company specializing in science education, has awarded a grant to Idaho based Snowden Wildlife Sanctuary through the Kidwings Finding Funding program. Kidwings is a web-based resource...

New Owl Species Discovered In Indonesia By Its Unique Whistle
2013-02-14 07:35:57

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new species of owl has been discovered in Lombok, Indonesia by two researchers just a few days apart from one another in early September 2003. But it was not the plumage that gave this bird away. The unique night song of the Rinjani Scops owl (Otus jolandae) caught the attention of these two scientists, offering evidence that the island of Lombok has its first recorded endemic bird species. Nearly a decade later, the first...

2012-12-19 05:02:42

Snowy-white Trumpeter Swans, Snowy Owls and Snow Buntings are among the feathered friends seeking winter homes and restored habitat on a 28-mile-long spit of sand, making winter bird watching on the Long Beach Peninsula a must. Reports confirm return of the Snowy Owls and Trumpeter Swans to this visitor friendly destination in the southwestern-most corner of Washington State. LONG BEACH PENINSULA, Wash. (PRWEB) December 18, 2012 Reports are coming in of the much-anticipated return of Snowy...

Two New Owl Species Confirmed In Philippines
2012-08-17 14:39:18

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After years of study in a remote section of the Philippines, researchers can now confirm a victory for biodiversity, the discovery of two new owl species. According to the current issue of Forktail, the yearly Journal of Asian Ornithology, the dual discovery was a huge payoff for the team of researchers that included Pam Rasmussen, a Michigan State University professor of zoology. “More than 15 years ago, we realized that new...


Latest Owls Reference Libraries

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2009-01-17 17:00:17

The Pel's Fishing-owl (Scotopelia peli) is a large species of owl in the Strigidae family. It is found throughout Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The...

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2006-08-17 19:08:55

The Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) is a member of the typical owl family, Strigidae. It breeds in Europe, Asia and North America. The breeding season lasts from February to July. It is partially migratory, moving south in the winter from the northern parts of its range. Its habitat is forest close to open country. The Long-eared Owl is a medium sized owl, 12 to 14.5 inches in length with a 34 to 38.5 inch wingspan. It carries its blackish tufts, which are positioned in the center of the head,...

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2006-08-17 19:07:24

The Tengmalm's Owl (Aegolius funereus) is a small owl from the typical owl family, Strigidae. It breeds in dense coniferous forests across northern North America and Eurasia, and in mountain ranges such as the Alps and the Rockies. It is known as the Boreal Owl in North America. This smallish owl is 8.5 to 10.5 inches long and has a wingspan of 20 to 25 inches. It is brown above, with white flecking on the shoulders. Below it is whitish streaked brown. The head is large, with yellow eyes...

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2006-08-17 19:05:57

The Little Owl (Athene noctua) is a member of the owl family Strigidae. It is resident in much of the temperate and warmer parts of Europe, Asia east to Korea, and North Africa. It is found in open country such as mixed farmland and parkland. It is not native to Great Britain, but was introduced in the 19th century, and is now naturalized there. The Little Owl is a small owl, 9 to 11.5 inches in length. The adult Little Owl of the most widespread form, the nominate A. n. noctua, is...

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2006-08-17 19:04:04

The Spotted Owlet (Athene brama) is an owl of the family Strigidae. It breeds in tropical Asia from India to Southeast Asia. It is a common resident in open habitats including farmland and human habitation. It nests in a hole in a tree or building, laying 3-5 eggs. The Spotted Owlet is small and stocky. The upper parts are gray-brown, heavily spotted with white. The under parts are white, streaked with brown. The facial disc is pale and the eyes are yellow. There is a white neckband. Sexes...

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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'