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Image from page 391 of "Game birds. Life histories of one hundred and seventy birds of prey, game birds and water-fowls" (1922)

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Title: Game birds. Life histories of one hundred and seventy birds of prey, game birds and water-fowls

Year: 1922 (1920s)

Authors: Blanchan, Neltje, 1865-1918

Subjects: Game and game-birds

Publisher: Garden City, N.Y. Doubleday, Page

Contributing Library: Cornell University Library

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s become equally dear to it oncethey have sheltered a brood. A pair of these owls have nested foryears in one of the towers of the Smithsonian Institution; manyeggs have been laid directly on roofs of dwellings; some in miningshafts; others in deserted burrows of ground squirrels and otherrodents; in fact, all manner of queer sites are chosen. Strictlyspeaking, the barn owl builds no nest, unless the accumulation ofdecayed wood, disgorged bones of mice, etc., among which theeggs are dropped, could be honored with such a name. From fiveto eleven pure dull white eggs, more decidedly pointed than thoseof most owls, are incubated by both mates, sometimes by both atonce, as they sit huddled together through the hours of unwel-come sunshine. They can scarcely multiply too fast. The barnowl does not eat poultry, although it is constantly shot becauseof an unfounded belief that it does, prevalent among farmers.From an economic standpoint, it would be difficult to name amore valuable bird. 336

 

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BARN OWL Order—Raithkes Family—Aluconid/e Genus—Aluco Species—pratin-cola National Association of Audubon Societies

 

 

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