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Table Of Contents

Introduction: Owl Addiction
1. Anatomy of an Owl
Paleocene Origins
WMDs: Weapons of Mouse Destruction
On Wings That Whisper
Colors that Disguise
Fretting with Feathers
2. Son et Lumiere
Sound Advice
The Handicap of Darkness
The Eyes of Owls
The Nocturnal Syndrome
3. Haunts and Hideaways
From Tundra and Taiga to Mountains and Marshlands
Hot and Cold Weather Woes
Roost Rewards
Fleeing from Winter
4. Owl Invasions
The Owlish Appetite
Foods That Fight Back
Pellet Diaries
Hunting Techniques
Hoarding for Hard Times
5. Family Life
Who Gives a Hoot?
Courtship Conduct
House Hunting
The Cloacal Kiss
Oology 101
The Tedium of Incubation
Sexual Dimorphism: The Great Debate
6. The Next Generation
Early Chick Life
Asynchronous Hatching: A Strategy
Life in the Nest
Roamers, Branchers, and Homebodies
The Young and the Restless
7. Predators, Pirates, and Pests
A Call to Arms
8. Owls and Humans
Appendix: Scientific Names of Plants and Animals