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(Hc.F.) Strigiformes (owls) Owls constitute a homogeneous order (Strigiformes) of
primarily nocturnal birds of prey, nearly worldwide in distribution. Their secretive
habits, quiet flight, and weird calls have made them the objects of superstition ...
in many small owls. When the nest is threatened, nestling burrowing owls (
Speotyto cunicularia) emit a buzzing call that resembles the warning buzz of the
rattlesnake, a frequent inhabitant of rodent burrows. In the North American
The burrowing owls, being terrestrial, can run rapidly over the ground and rarely
perch in vegetation. The typical perch of other owls is a horizontal branch in a
tree. The bay owl habitually perches on the vertical trunk of a tree, with the legs ...
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