A survey of historical Laughing Owl (Sceloglaux albifacies) specimens in museum collections

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Abstract

A list of all historical specimens of the New Zealand Laughing Owl (Sceloglaux albifacies Gray, 1844) known from museums around the world is presented. There are 52 feathered specimens (24 mounts, 28 study skins), 2 alcohol specimens, 3 part skeletons, and 17 eggs. Of the recorded specimens, only two specimens are identified that could be the type of S. rufifacies Buller, 1904, but whether it is one of these is unknown. Two unlocalised specimens in the Cambridge University Museum are tentatively identified as coming from Buller's second bird collection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-252
Number of pages12
JournalNotornis
Volume44
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1997
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Laughing owl
  • Location of historical specimens
  • Sceloglaux

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