Northern white-faced owl

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phylum Chordata The northern white-faced owl (Ptilopsis leucotis) is a species of owl found in a band across Africa between the Sahara and the Equator. The owl has a rather notable defense mechanism. When faced with another owl slightly larger than it, the bird flares its wings to appear larger. When faced with something much larger than itself, it pulls its feathers inwards, elongates its body, and narrows its eyes to thin slits. It is thought that it uses this ability to camouflage itself.

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clade Diapsida
Class Aves
order Strigiformes
family Strigidae
genus Ptilopsis
species P. leucotis