The Owl Pages

Laughing Owl (Sceloglaux albifacies)

Photo of Laughing Owl

"Whekau or Laughing Owl" courtesy of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand. Reference No. 1/1-020529-G
Photographed (in the Wellington Region?) between 1889 and 1910 by Henry Charles Clarke Wright (1844-1936). Identified by Kennedy Warne, NZ Geographic, 1996.

Further captioning note from Paul Guiniven [paul.guiniven (at) paradise.net.nz], November 2005:
"Trevor Worthy (an expert on the subject) tells me that the photo is of a bird that was in the captivity of Walter Buller. The photo was taken in 1892 - of one of a pair of birds shipped to Rothschild."

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mätauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.