Acoustic location of prey by barn owls (Tyto alba).

  title={Acoustic location of prey by barn owls (Tyto alba).},
  author={R S Payne},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  volume={54 3},
  • R S Payne
  • Published 1971 in The Journal of experimental biology
The external ears of many species of owls are asymmetrical (Ridgeway, 1914; Stellbogen, 1930). Although the asymmetry may involve the modification of different structures in different species (Stellbogen, 1930) the result is usually the same: one ear has its opening above the horizontal plane, the other below it. Though Pumphrey (1948), Southern (1955) and others have suggested that the asymmetrical ears of owls may be useful in hunting, prey location by hearing was first demonstrated by Payne… CONTINUE READING
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