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Extinct Species Of Scops Owl Discovered In Madeira
2012-03-24 03:10:17

An international team of scientists, including some from Majorca and the Canary Islands, have described a new type of fossil scops owl, the first extinct bird on the archipelago of Madeira (Portugal). Otus mauli, which was also the first nocturnal bird of prey described in the area, lived on land and became extinct as a result of humans arriving on the island. Twenty years ago, the German researcher Harald Pieper discovered fossil remains of a small nocturnal bird of prey in Madeira,...


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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 15:58:53

The Flammulated Owl (Otus flammeolus) is a small predatory owl that breeds in southern British Columbia and the western United States. Unlike many owls, they are migratory, leaving much of North America in the fall. This owl is small at six inches and is similar in size to the Western Screech Owl but lacks large ear tufts and has dark eyes and a different voice. Although small, the Elf Owl and Pygmy Owl are smaller. The Flammulated Owl nests in a tree cavity in mature, open ponderosa...

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2005-06-09 14:29:42

The Eastern Screech Owl (Otus asio) is a small owl which has either rusty or dark grey intricately patterned plumage with streaking on the underparts. Small and stocky, short-tailed and broad-winged, they have a large round head with ear tufts, yellow eyes and a yellowish bill. Rusty birds are more common in the southern parts of the range; pairings of the two color variants do occur. A pale grey variation also exists in western Canada and the north-central United States. Their breeding...

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2005-06-01 21:07:47

The Western Screech Owl (Otus kennicottii) is a small owl which is a permanent resident in western North America where it nests in open deciduous or mixed woods. They nest in a cavity in a tree or cactus, often using old woodpecker holes. Adults have either brown or dark grey plumage with streaking on the underparts. They have a round head with ear tufts, yellow eyes and a yellowish bill. They were previously considered to be the same species as the Eastern Screech Owl. These birds wait...

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