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owl

(oul)
n.
1. Any of various often nocturnal birds of prey of the order Strigiformes, having hooked and feathered talons, a large head with a short hooked beak, large eyes set forward, and fluffy plumage that allows for almost noiseless flight.
2. Any of several breeds of domestic pigeons having a very short beak somewhat like that of an owl and often a frill of feathers on the chest.

owl

a bird of the order Strigiformes with very distinctive characteristics including nocturnal predation, soft feathers and silent flight, frontset eyes and ears that can be closed. There are a number of families including barn owls, nightjars, frogmouths, potoos, monkey owls and the tropical owls.
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Tawny owl. By permission from Cooper JE, Sainsbury AW, Exotic Species, Mosby, 1994

owl midge
see sandfly.
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The Owls Trust rescues injured wild birds of prey and are involved in the conservation of some of the rarest owl species worldwide.
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In the 1990s, when surveying the bird markets I would typically see one or two owls for sale amongst thousands of wild-caught birds on offer but equally often not a single owl was on display," Vincent Nijman, study co-author and a wildlife-trade researcher at Oxford Brookes University, said in a statement.
The owl tilts its head until a sound is equal in both ears.
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Murtaugh explained that the great horned owl is our earliest breeding bird, on the nest as early as January.
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Despite 1971 legislation that protects all owl species, owl populations are increasingly threatened by habitat loss and destruction, which affects not only their food sources but also their nesting and roosting sites.
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