The gentlest of owls. the Laughing owl (Sceloglaux albifacies). Last recorded sighting July, 1914. "It could always be brought from its lurking place in the rocks, after dusk, by the strains of an accordion....the bird would silently flit over the face of the performer and finally take up its station in the vicinity, and remain within easy hearing till [the music] had ceased." —Sir Walter Buller, New Zealand ornithologist
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