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  1. laughing owl, laughing jackass, Sceloglaux albifaciesnoun

    almost extinct owl of New Zealand


  1. laughing owlnoun

    An owl (Sceloglaux albifacies) of New Zealand, now probably extinct, named for its cry.


  1. Laughing owl

    The laughing owl (Ninox albifacies), also known as whēkau or the white-faced owl, was an endemic owl of New Zealand. Plentiful when European settlers arrived in New Zealand, its scientific description was published in 1845, but it was largely or completely extinct by 1914. The species was traditionally considered to belong to the monotypic genus Sceloglaux Kaup, 1848 ("scoundrel owl", probably because of the mischievous-sounding calls), although recent genetic studies indicate that it belongs with the boobook owls in the genus Ninox. After various studies and analysis it was concluded that it is more of a terrestrial bird due to the great advantage it had to prey on ground at nighttime (1996).


  1. laughing owl

    The laughing owl, also known as the whekau or the white-faced owl, was a species of owl native to New Zealand. It was given its name due to its distinct call, which sounded similar to a human's laugh. Unfortunately, the laughing owl became extinct last century, with the last recorded sighting in the early 20th century. The reasons for extinction are believed to be due to habitat destruction and predation by introduced species.


  1. Laughing Owl

    The Laughing Owl, also known as Whēkau or the White-faced Owl, was an endemic owl found in New Zealand in 1840, but is now extinct. It was plentiful when European settlers arrived in New Zealand. Specimens were sent to the British Museum, where a scientific description was published in 1845. The species belongs to the monotypic genus Sceloglaux.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of laughing owl in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of laughing owl in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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  • kirkupöllöFinnish
  • смею́щаяся сова́, новозела́ндская сова́-хохоту́ньяRussian

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