Fwd: [OB] Request for photographs of Tytonidae owls

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Subject: Fwd: [OB] Request for photographs of Tytonidae owls
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:31:18 +1100
Some on the list may be able to assist.

Carl Clifford

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> Date: 27 February 2015 7:17:23 am AEDT
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> Subject: [OB] Request for photographs of Tytonidae owls
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> This is posted on behalf of Alexandre Roulin, a professor in Biology at the 
> University of Lausanne, Switzerland, requesting photos of the Tytonidae owls.
> My name is Alexandre Roulin, a professor in Biology at the University of 
> Lausanne, Switzerland. I started working with barn owls in 1987 before going 
> to university (1993). In 1997 I did my master thesis on the barn owl and in 
> 1999 my PhD, again on the barn owl. Since then I always worked on the barn 
> owl because this species revealed to be much more interesting than I could 
> have expected. So far I wrote 118 papers on the barn owl and my research 
> group is entirely dedicated on the study of this bird from several 
> perspectives (conservation biology, population genetics, genetics, 
> biogeography, genomics, population dynamics, ecophysiology, etc). Our main 
> research focus is on the evolution, maintenance and adaptive function of 
> alternative melanin-based color morphs as well as on sib-sib vocal 
> communication. To this end, we study a Swiss population but also consider 
> other populations located worldwide.
> I am currently working on a book about « barn owls and allies », i.e. barn 
> owls, grass owls, masked owls, sooty owls. The main aim of this book is to 
> write a review of the studies performed on Tytonidae at the worldwide scale. 
> The idea is not to favor my studies but rather to summarize the knowledge 
> accumulated by many researchers (I collected >3600 papers on Tytonidae). 
> Furthermore, my aim is not to favor studies on barn owls located on the 
> northern hemisphere (Europe and USA), as it is usually the case, but rather 
> to talk about all worldwide-distributed populations. I indeed started a 
> project where I measured 10’000 Tytonidae preserved in natural history 
> museums and realized how this group is diverse and interesting. This book 
> should therefore interest ornithologists located on all continents (Africa, 
> Asia, Europe, North, Central and South America, Oceania). 
> The book will deal with the following topics: Conservation - Parasites and 
> predation - Physiology in an ecological context - Morphology in an ecological 
> context - Foraging - Roost - Sexual behavior - Reproduction - Parental care - 
> Sibling interaction - Dispersal - Survival and demography - Moult - Plumage 
> color polymorphism. It should be published at Cambridge University Press 
> ensuring a large distribution. To illustrate this book, I would like to 
> include many pictures of barn owls and allies taken worldwide. The idea is to 
> obtain pictures from all continents. Obviously, people who took pictures will 
> get credits (name will be indicated). It is very important to obtain pictures 
> from all continents to emphasize the importance of studying this group of 
> owls at the worldwide scale. 
> I thank you very much in advance!
> With best regards, 
> Alexandre Roulin
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