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1900 Excerpt: ..."wh66-6-6, wh66-6," is one of the most weird and
striking cries of the bird world. Another peculiarity, common to
all owls, but more noticeable in this less nocturnal species, is
the absolutely noiseless flight. The soft, downy feathers of the
owl permit it to wing its way through the air with as little noise
as a falling leaf. The Screech Owl, (Megascops asio) This little
horned owl is our commonest species, and frequents the neighborhood
of dwellings and orchards. Being nocturnal it is more common than
is generally supposed, and its curious cry is the cause most
frequently leading to its discovery. Its two phases of plumage, red
and gray, occur independently of sex, age, or season. Its food
consists of mice and insects. The Florida Burrowing Owl, (Speotyto
cunicularia floridana).--The habits of the Florida Burrowing Owl
differ somewhat from those of its Western congener. There being no
prairie-dogs in Florida, these birds make all their excavations for
themselves. These are about six feet in depth, and at the end the
round, white eggs are laid, usually six in number. The anomalous
habits of these birds and their curious little gnome-like faces
make them interesting inmates of a zoological garden. THE WILD
TURKEYS' ENCLOSURE, NO. 62. At the northern end of Squirrel Eidge,
where the Alligator Walk intersects the Rodents' Walk, an ideal
quarter of an acre, of oak and hickory trees, underbrush, and bare
rock, has been dedicated to the king of game birds. The Wild
Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo), is a bird of magnificent size and
presence, and the splendid metallic lustre of his plumage--a
mixture of burnished bronze, copper, lapis lazuli, and fire opal
iridescence--backed up by a great bulk of savory flesh, all combine
to make this the finest game bird...
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