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: The birds of Washington; a complete, scientific and popular account of the 372 species of birds found in the state
: Dawson, William Leon, 1873- Bowles, John Hooper Brooks, Allan, 1869-1946
: Seattle : The Occidental Pub. Co.
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ril; OF TUK BlRROW.Till xcct **t THox or riticuiiitc illustkatiox. r/iofn by Ihr Aulhcr. THE PYGMY OWL. 489 the first week in Aprilfor the northern, onemay hear at eveninga soft and mellowlo\e song, coo co-o,which tlie male re-peats by the hour.One who has hearlthis tender note well-ing up from tluback pasture, whilithe locust trees 1>\the gate are di>-tilling their sweetest \fragrance, and Ad-ams is fading ontlie western horizonin the last afterglowof sunset, can easihforgive many thingsabout the Burrowing Owl which are less Taken „, Oregon pleasant.
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Photo by Fiiiley and Bohlnian. BROTHERS. No. 198. PYGMY OWL. A. O. U. No, 379. QIaucidium gnoma Wagler. Synonym.—Gnome Owe. Description.—Adults: Upperparts warm brown (snuff brown or darker),finely spotted with white or pale ochraceous-buff—the spots are smallest and cir-cular on head and upper back, larger, cordate or hastate on tertials and wing-coverts, and everywhere bordered obscurely with dusky; flight-feathers spottedwith white; tail crossed by six interrupted bars (one terminal) of white; a cer-vical collar of mingled black and white; sides and a band across jugulum colorof back or a little lighter, and similarly spotted; throat white; underparts whitestreaked coarsely with sepia, the streaks tending to coalesce in stripes. Bill andcere greenish yellow; feet dull yellow with soles of bright chrome, claws black;iris bright yellow. The female is of a rather lighter shade of brown above with 4j. THE CALIFORNIA PYGMY OWL. fewer and larger spots of wliiii-. and tin- cervical
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