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2009-04-08 09:37:14

Reporting in the online, open-access journal PLoS ONE April 8, Vincenzo Penteriani and Maria Delgado of the Estacion Biologica de Doñana, Spain, describe the evolution of white throat badges in association with dawn and dusk vocal signals in certain species of nocturnal bird, which maximize the potential for these species to communicate during hours when light is low. Previous research has suggested that visual communication is important only for diurnal species of bird,...

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2009-01-28 13:40:00

An increase in snowy owl populations in the South suggests that the arctic species did so well in its northern breeding grounds last year that competition is driving the young ones to warmer climates, biologists told the Associated Press on Wednesday. Upstate New York and other northern states are considered the usual areas most snowy owls end up every winter. But researchers say this year several have been spotted farther south, in states where they're rarely seen. The first snowy owl...

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2008-12-10 16:33:47

Wildlife satellite studies could lead to a radical re-thinking about how the snowy owl fits into the Northern ecosystem. "Six of the adult females that we followed in a satellite study spent most of last winter far out on the Arctic sea ice," said Universit© Laval doctoral student Jean-Francois Therrien, who is working with Professor Gilles Gauthier as part of an International Polar Year (IPY) research project to better understand key indicator species of Canadian northern ecosystems....

2008-10-27 09:00:36

Logicube(R) Inc., the industry's leader in hard drive duplication technology, has announced the appointment of Gabi Abraham as Chief Technologist. Mr. Abraham most recently held the position of System Architect at Strix Systems Inc. and was responsible for designing the architectures for their wireless mesh networking products. "I am extremely pleased to have someone of Mr. Abraham's caliber join the Logicube team," commented Farid Emrani, COO and Executive Vice-President of Logicube....

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2008-05-31 06:00:00

The formerly endangered cactus ferruginous pygmy owl -- the little bird that stopped bulldozers and shaped growth on the Northwest Side for several years -- is being considered again for endangered listing. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the 7-inch, 2.5-ounce, lizard-eating owl as endangered in 1997 but removed the bird from the list in 2006, citing a healthy population in Mexico. The federal wildlife agency responded Friday to a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity...

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2007-02-28 09:55:29

TUCSON, Ariz. -- A university study shows the population of a tiny endangered owl in northern Mexico has declined by an estimated 26 percent over the last seven years, a finding that environmentalists said bolsters their arguments for greater protection for the bird in Arizona. Annual surveys by a scientist show the birds are continuing to decline in numbers, although there have been some years with rebounds, according to the University of Arizona study. "There's been some variation in...

2005-06-13 21:06:35

PHOENIX -- Wildlife officials are considering importing endangered owls from Mexico to boost the dwindling population in Arizona. To protect endangered cactus ferruginous pygmy owls, development already has been slowed or altered on thousands of acres of old-growth, ironwood-saguaro forest. But with less than 20 birds remaining in Arizona, the species needs more assistance because the numbers continue dropping, wildlife officials say. The pygmy owls - already threatened by urban sprawl,...

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2005-03-15 07:30:00

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- A female ferruginous pygmy owl took a 150-mile crisscross trek across the Sonoran Desert to search for a mate, a journey about seven times longer than any previously recorded by state researchers monitoring the endangered birds. Researchers lost track of the owl early last year once it entered southern Arizona's Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation and a radio transmitter mounted on her back died. "We assume that when they move this far that they are not encountering...

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2005-03-11 12:01:25

ESA -- In the forests of the Haute-Savoy region of the French Alps, a Swiss biologist forces his way through the snow-covered branches and bushes. A cameraman and a EuroNews reporter do their best to follow silently. Adrian Aebischer works at the University of Berne and is on one of his frequent field trips to check on a particular bird he is studying. Today he is trying to find Linos, an Eagle owl. Like many others, this nocturnal bird of prey can easily travel far from its place of...


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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