Barn Owls, Masked Owls, and relativesJulia Gulka and David P. Mindell
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Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont, USA
David P. Mindell
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California, USA
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- First online 04 June 2007
- Content changed 31 July 2011
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Gulka, Julia and David P. Mindell. 2011. Tytonidae. Barn Owls, Masked Owls, and relatives. Version 31 July 2011 (temporary). http://tolweb.org/Tytonidae/56737/2011.07.31 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/