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owl : any of an order (Strigiformes) of chiefly nocturnal birds of prey with a large head and eyes, short hooked bill, strong talons, and soft fluffy often brown-mottled plumage — Merriam-Webster   See also   OneLook


Owls are birds from the order Strigiformes, which includes about 200 species of mostly solitary and nocturnal birds of prey typified by an upright stance, a large, broad head, binocular vision, binaural hearing, sharp talons, and feathers adapted for silent flight. Exceptions include the diurnal northern hawk-owl and the gregarious burrowing owl. Owls hunt mostly small mammals, insects, and other birds, although a few species specialize in hunting fish. They are found in all regions of the Earth except Antarctica and some remote islands. Owls are divided into two families: the Strigidae family of true (or typical) owls; and the Tytonidae family of barn-owls. — Wikipedia

Owl (Encyclopædia Britannica)

Owls (One Zoom)
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Ornithology is a branch of zoology that concerns the methodological study and consequent knowledge of birds with all that relates to them. A wide range of tools and techniques are used in ornithology, both inside the laboratory and out in the field. Most biologists who consider themselves to be “Ornithologists” study specific categories, such as Anatomy, Taxonomy, or Ecology lifestyles and behaviors. — Wikipedia

Ornithology (Encyclopædia Britannica)

Introduction to Ornithology (Environmental Science)




DDC: 598 Owls (Library Thing)
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LCC: QL 696.S83 Owls (UPenn Online Books)
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LCC: QL 696.S83 Owls (Library of Congress)
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Owls (Science Trek)

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What is an Ornithologist? (Environmental Science)

Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists (CareerOneStop, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration)


Ornithological Council
American Ornithological Society
National Audubon Society


Ornithology (American Ornithological Society)
Audubon Magazine (National Audubon Society)

Owls (EurekaAlert, American Association for the Advancement of Science)
Owls (bioRxiv: Preprint Server for Biology, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)
Owls (JSTOR)
Owls (Science Daily)
Owls (Science News)
Owls (Phys.org)
Owls (NPR Archives)



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