Laughing Owl

The Laughing Owl's plumage was yellowish-brown striped with dark brown. There were white straps on the scapulars, and occasionally the hind neck. Mantle feathers were edged with white. The wings and tail had light brown bars. The tarsus had yellowish to reddish-buff feathers. The facial disc was white behind and below the eyes, fading to grey with brown stripes towards the centre. Some birds were more rufous, with a brown facial disk; this was at first attributed to subspecific differences, but is probably better related to individual variation. There are indications that males were more often of the richly colored morph . The eyes were very dark orange. Its length was 35.5-40 cm and wing length 26.4 cm , with males being smaller than females. Weight was around 600 grams.

The Laughing Owl is classified as Extinct (EX), there is no reasonable doubt that the last individual has died.

The Laughing Owl's plumage was yellowish-brown striped with dark brown. There were white straps on the scapulars, and occasionally the hind neck. Mantle feathers were edged with white. The wings and tail had light brown bars. The tarsus had yellowish to reddish-buff feathers. The facial disc was white behind and below the eyes, fading to grey with brown stripes towards the centre. More

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The laughing Owl was endemic to New Zealand, but is probably now extinct. European settlers first arrived in New Zealand in 1840, when the laughing owl was plentiful. Specimens of the laughing owl were sent to the British Museum where reports on them were published in 1845. By 1880, they were becoming rare, and the last specimen recorded was found dead at Blue Cliffs in Canterbury in 1914. There have been unconfirmed reports of laughing owls since then, but no specimens. More

The call of the Laughing Owl has been described as "a loud cry made up of a series of dismal shrieks frequently repeated". The species was given its name because of this sound. Other descriptions of the call were: "A peculiar barking noise ... More

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Laughing Owl - Definition = Laughing Owl Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves Order: Strigiformes Family: Strigidae Genus: Sceloglaux Species: albifacies Binomial name Sceloglaux albifacies More

The laughing owl belongs to a genus found only in New Zealand and has been estimated to have been in New Zealand for at least a million years and possibly as long as 25 million years. The laughing owl was, as far as is known, a bird of open country rather than of the forest. It was found in rocky places on the Southern Alps and the downs of Canterbury and Otago. More

* Laughing owl (Sceloglaux albifacies), illustration by John Gerard Keulemans.Laughing owl (Sceloglaux albifacies), illustration by John Gerard Keulemans. More

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The Laughing Owl was a moderate sized Owl 14 – 15” in height and with a wingspan of 10.4”. It had reddish brown plumage streaked with darker brown and a white face. The North and South Island birds were sub-species. The birds only called while on the wing, calls were mainly heard on dark, drizzly nights or preceding rain. More

The Laughing Owl got its name from the high pitched chattering call it made at the beginning of every evening when the bird was in flight. This owl was found only in New Zealand where it became extinct sometime around 1914. The decline and extinction of the Lauging Owl is said to have been cause by weasels and other animals which were introduced to the island. The Laughing Owl was about 15 inches in length with a wingspan of about 20 inches. More

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laughing owl - almost extinct owl of New ZealandSceloglaux albifacies, laughing jackassbird of Minerva, bird of night, owl, hooter - nocturnal bird of prey with hawk-like beak and claws and large head with front-facing eyesgenus Sceloglaux, Sceloglaux - a genus of Strigidae How to thank TFD for its existence? Tell a friend about us, add a link to this page, add the site to iGoogle, or visit webmaster's page for free fun content. More

However,the call of the laughing owl has been heard often since and there are those that believe it may not be so extinct as thought. This species preferred open country for hunting,and rocky areas for shelter and the rocky areas of the Southern Alps were very much suited to its needs, as were areas of Canterbury and Otago. They showed a preferance for low rainfall areas of the country. More

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Aspects of the topic laughing owl are discussed in the following places at Britannica. More

Order : Strigiformes
Family : Strigidae
Genus : Sceloglaux
Species : albifacies
Authority : (Gray, 1844)
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