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LAUGHING OWL: EXTINCT 1914

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The Laughing Owl (Sceloglaux albifacies), also known as Whēkau or the White-faced Owl, was an endemic owl found in New Zealand, but is now extinct. It was plentiful when European settlers arrived in New Zealand in 1840.  By 1880, the species was becoming rare, and the last recorded specimen was found dead at Bluecliffs Station in Canterbury, New Zealand on July 5, 1914

laughing owl

laughing owl, birds of new zealand, design squish blog

laughing owl, birds of new zealand, design squish blog

The Laughing Owl generally occupied rocky, low rainfall areas. Being quite large, Laughing Owls were able to deal with the introduced European rats that had caused the extinction of so much of their prey; however, the stoats introduced to control feral rabbits, and feral cats were too much for the species.

CATEGORIES:   BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION, BIRD FRIENDS, NATURE,

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Posted by DESIGN SQUISH on January 31, 2011


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 on  02/04  at  02:38 PM

If you like owls, you are going to LOVE this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBf-b2doRVI One of my favorite youtube videos!
Ana
 on  02/05  at  12:37 AM

Wow! This is so weird!!! Thanks!!
Rich
 on  02/11  at  04:41 PM

I love these. I'm a big fan of birds and I truly enjoy your blog. Keep it up!
Ana
 on  02/12  at  03:54 AM

Thank you!
 on  02/16  at  01:13 PM

Strange this went extinct in the exact same year as the Passenger Pigeon, and that it should have been such a momentous year in world history...
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