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Owls (Strigiformes)

Publish Date: 2006

ISBN: 978-3-540-39567-6

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The owl is a magical creature: it exudes an ambivalent fascination that can trigger completely antithetical responses. On the one hand, there is something unsettling about the owl’s soundless flight, eerie call, and nocturnal activity that can result in its demonization as a messenger of darkness. On the other hand, however, its masklike visage and seemingly penetrating gaze prove - thralling, and this may have contributed to the deification of the owl as the companion spirit of an omniscient mother earth.

Subject: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Bird systematics, Ornithology, Taxonomic list, Wing formula, biodiversity