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BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Q&a - Stu­art Black­man

De­spite a pass­ing re­sem­blance to Gizmo from Grem­lins (that’s the cute, furry mog­wai with the ears, ob­vi­ously), the crested owl is one of a kind – the sole mem­ber of its genus, Lophostrix. The species is wide­spread and fairly com­mon across large swathes of Cen­tral and South Amer­ica, yet its ba­sic bi­ol­ogy re­mains largely mys­te­ri­ous. Its call is known to be more k-k-kkk-kr­rrrrrao than twit-twoo, and pairs are of­ten seen snug­gling up to roost to­gether dur­ing the day­time, but its nest has not yet been de­scribed and it’s not even clear what prey an­i­mals it tar­gets. What­ever those turn out to be, let’s just hope the owl doesn’t eat them after mid­night.

Could this be a good mog­wai or a bad one?

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