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

TitleA survey of historical Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies ) specimens in museum collections
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsWorthy, TH
JournalNotornis
Volume44
Issue4
Pagination241-252
Type of Articlepaper
KeywordsLaughing Owl, location of historical specimens, Sceloglaux
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.

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