686. Surnia funerea

686. SUBSP. SURNIA FUNEREA.
Surnia funerea (Linn.), Syst. Nat. i. p. 133 (1766 partim); Audub. B. N. Am. pl. 378 ; Newton, i. p. 183 (partim) ; Dresser, v. p. 309, pl. 312 Bendire, N. Am. B. i. p. 392, pl. xii. fig. 18 (egg) ; Saunders, p. 305 ; Lilford, i. p. 103, pl. 49 ; Surnia caparoch (P.L.S. Muller), Nat. Syst. Suppl, i. p. 69 (1766) ; Ridgw. Manual, p. 265.
Male ad. (New Brunswick). Differs from S. ulula in being darker and in having the bars on the under parts broader, darker, and tinged with chestnut. Culmen 1.0, wing 9.0, tail 8.0, tarsus 1.2 inch.
Hab. Northern North America, straying south in winter to the northern border of the United States ; of accidental occurrence in Great Britain.
In habits, this Owl does not differ from its European ally, and, like that species, it breeds in hollow trees or on a rotten stump, depositing in April or May 3 to 7 eggs which closely resemble those of S. ulula, and in size average about 1.55 by 1.23.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
686. Surnia funerea
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
686
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
482
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10962

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