birding-aus Owl roosting postures

Subject: birding-aus Owl roosting postures
From: "Niven McCrie" <>
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1999 18:32:46 +0930
The other day at the Botanic Gardens I saw a young Rufous Owl 
roosting in what I thought was a rather strange way. At first I 
thought it was dead since it appeared to be hanging by its neck in 
the fork of a tree. It was holding its weight on its chin, with its body 
and wings drooping below the level of the fork. Its claws were 
tucked in under its chin but didn't seem in a suitable position to 
take the weight of the body. The adult birds were nearby, so I 
guess it had permission to hang around like that, but it was 
certainly rather startling to see.

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