laughing owl

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Noun1.laughing owl - almost extinct owl of New Zealand
bird of Minerva, bird of night, owl, hooter - nocturnal bird of prey with hawk-like beak and claws and large head with front-facing eyes
genus Sceloglaux, Sceloglaux - a genus of Strigidae
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There is an ambivalence in this attitude, one that is also found in Walter Buller, the notorious ornithologist, as Jennifer Hay explains: Buller, 'a firm believer in the Darwinian theory of natural selection, regarded the demise of New Zealand's flora, fauna and indigenous peoples as foreordained, so why not gather and sell these specimens while he could?' Although Buller officially supported conservation, he nonetheless sent 'shipments of birds--kiwi, kakapo, whekau (laughing owl), huia, piopio--to England as "tributes from the provinces'", helping 'drive some to extinction, notably the huia'.