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Pels Fishing-owl
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,...

Long-eared Owl
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...

Tengmalms Owl
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...

Little Owl
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...

Spotted Owlet
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,...

Elf Owl
2006-08-17 19:03:01

The Elf Owl (Micrathene whitneyi) is a member of the owl family Strigidae that resides in the Southwestern United States. They mainly live in southern Arizona, Texas and parts of California. They migrate to Mexico in September. They are often found in evergreen oak habitat and are easily found during their breeding season. It is the smallest of owls and is about the same size as a sparrow....

Ferruginous Pygmy Owl
2006-08-17 19:01:32

The Ferruginous Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium brasilianum) is a small owl of the typical owl family, Strigidae. It breeds in the southern USA, Central America and South America to Bolivia and Argentina. Trinidad has a prevalent subspecies. It is commonly and easily seen in open woodlands including around human habitation. It is also endangered or threatened in the southwest United States. This bird...

Eurasian Pygmy Owl
2006-08-17 16:38:18

The Eurasian Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium passerinum) is a tiny owl. It is found in the boreal forests of Eurasia, usually at the edges of clearings. It nests in old Woodpecker holes, often those of the Great Spotted Woodpecker. This is a sedentary species, resident throughout the year in its range. This Starling-sized bird hunts at dawn and dusk, rather than in total darkness. It preys on birds...

Northern Hawk Owl
2006-08-17 16:37:02

The Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) is a medium sized owl. The term "hawk" refers to its falcon-like wing shape and long tail. It is the only species in the genus Surnia. It is found in the boreal forests of North America and Eurasia, usually on the edges of more open woodland. It is non-migratory, but occasionally will fly south of its breeding range. This bird is 14 to 17 inches long with...

Great Grey Owl Lapland Owl
2006-08-17 16:33:10

The Great Grey Owl or Lapland Owl (Strix nebulosa) is a very large owl. They breed in North America from Lake Superior to the Pacific coast and Alaska, and from Scandinavia across northern Asia. They are permanent residents, but may move south and southeast when food is scarce. A small population, estimated at less than 100 birds, occurs in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. Their...

Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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