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Laughing Owl

Sceloglaux albifacies (Gray, GR 1844)

The laughing owl, also known as whēkau or the white-faced owl, was an endemic owl of New Zealand. Plentiful when European settlers arrived in New Zealand, its scientific description was published in 1845, but it was largely or completely extinct by 1914. The species was traditionally considered to belong to the monotypic genus Sceloglaux Kaup, 1848, although recent genetic studies indicate that it belongs with the boobook owls in the genus Ninox. Source: Wikipedia

Classification
Order:
  Strigiformes
Family:
  Strigidae
Genus:
   Sceloglaux
Scientific:
  Sceloglaux albifacies


Original description

Citation:
  (Gray, GR 1844)

Reference:
   Zool. Voy. Erebus & Terror [Richardson & Gray] 1 Birds p.2 pl.1

Protonym:
  Athene albifacies

Link:
  https://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/6957489


Avibase identifiers

Avibase ID:
  1F14F0A8F84432B2

Avibase ID:
  avibase-1F14F0A8

Short link:
  https://avibase.ca/1F14F0A8


Taxonomic Serial Number:
  TSN: 555494


EXTINCT

Geographic range:

  • Sceloglaux albifacies: Formerly New Zealand. Extinct; last reported 1970
English:
Laughing Owl
Catalan:
Nínox rialler
Czech:
sovka bělolící
Danish:
Latterugle
German:
Lachkauz
Spanish:
Nínox Reidor
Spanish (Spain):
Nínox reidor
Finnish:
kirkupöllö
French:
Ninoxe rieuse
Croatian:
novozelandska sova
Hungarian:
kacagóbagoly
Icelandic:
Hraukugla
Italian:
Gufastore sghignazzante
Japanese (romaji):
waraifukurou
Japanese:
ワライフクロウ
Lithuanian:
Linksmoji kvatoklė
Dutch:
Lachuil
Norwegian:
Latterugle
Polish:
sowica białolica
Portuguese:
Mocho-risonho
Russian:
Хохочущая сова
Slovak:
sovka smejivá
Serbian:
Sova smejačica
Swedish:
skrattuggla
Ukrainian:
Сова новозеландська
Chinese:
笑鸮
Chinese (Traditional):
笑鴞 1980滅絕?


Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept:

Avibase taxonomic concepts (current):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 01 (August 2013):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 02 (May 2014):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 03 (March 2015):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 06 (Feb 2018):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 07 (Feb 2020):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 08 (Feb 2021):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 00:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 01:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 02:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 03:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 04:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 05 (Jun 2012):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 05.1 (Oct 2012):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 06 (Nov 2013):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 06.1 (Feb 2014):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 07 (Jul 2014):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 08 (Oct 2015):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09 (Dec 2016):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09.1 (Jun 2017):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v2 (Dec 2017):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v3 (Nov 2018):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v4 (Dec 2019):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v5 (Dec 2020):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v6 (Dec 2021):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v6b (Jul 2022):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993, révision 2009):
Ninoxe rieuse ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993):
Ninoxe rieuse ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Clements 1st edition:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Clements, version 2021:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Clements, version 2022:
Laughing Owl ( Ninox albifacies) [version 1]
Clements 3rd edition:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Clements 4th edition:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (incl. 2007 revisions):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (incl. 2008 revisions):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (incl. 2009 revisions):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.5 incl. 2010 revisions):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.6 incl. 2011 revisions):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.7 incl. 2012 revisions):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.8 incl. 2013 revisions):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.9 incl. 2014 revisions):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Clements, version 2015:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Clements, version 2016:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Clements, version 2017:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Clements, version 2018:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Clements, version 2019:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
eBird version 1.50:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
eBird version 1.52:
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eBird version 1.53:
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eBird version 1.54:
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eBird version 1.55:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
eBird version 2015:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
eBird version 2016:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
eBird version 2017:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
eBird version 2018:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
eBird version 2019:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
eBird version 2021:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
eBird version 2022:
Laughing Owl ( Ninox albifacies) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 2nd edition:
White-faced Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 2nd edition (incl. ? suppl):
White-faced Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (as published):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 1.2):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 2.1):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 3.1):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 4):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 5):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 6):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 7):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 8):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 4th edition (vol. 1-2):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 4th edition (incl. corrigenda vol.1-2):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World (vol 1-16):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2017):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2018):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.1:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.2:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.5:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 4.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 4.2:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.3:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.4:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.1:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.2:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.3:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.4:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.1:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.2:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.3:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.4:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.1:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.2:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.3:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 8.1:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 8.2:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 9.1:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 9.2:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 10.1:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 10.2:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 11.1:
Laughing Owl ( Ninox albifacies) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 11.2:
Laughing Owl ( Ninox albifacies) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 12.1:
Laughing Owl ( Ninox albifacies) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 12.2:
Laughing Owl ( Ninox albifacies) [version 1]
Morony, Bock and Farrand:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Peters' Check-list of the Birds:
Sceloglaux albifacies [version 1]
Peters' Check-list of the Birds (original):
Sceloglaux albifacies [version 1]
Peters' Check-list of the Birds (2nd edition):
Sceloglaux albifacies [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe (1993):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe (1993, including corrections up to 1998):
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe, Birds of the World Version 2.0:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Working Group Avian Checklists, version 0.01:
Laughing Owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies) [version 1]
Working Group Avian Checklists, version 0.02:
Laughing Owl ( Ninox albifacies) [version 1]
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Sceloglaux albifacies [version 1]
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Sceloglaux albifacies [version 1]

Taxonomic status:

Species status: full species

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Azerbaijani: gülən bayquş, güləyən bayquş
Catalan: Nínox rialler
Czech: Sovka belolící, sovka bělolící
Danish: Latterugle
German: ?Lachkauz, Lachkauz, Weißwangenkauz
English: Laughing Owl, Whekau, White-faced Owl
English, HBW: Laughing Owl
English (IOC): Laughing Owl
English (United States): Laughing Owl
Esperanto: blankvizaĝa strigo, Ridostrigo
Spanish: Nínox Reidor
Spanish (Spain): Nínox reidor
Spanish (HBW): Laughing Owl
Estonian: naerukakk
Finnish: Kirkupöllö
French: Chouette à joues blanches, Ninoxe rieuse
Croatian: novozelandska sova
Hungarian: kacagóbagoly
Icelandic: Hraukugla
Italian: Gufastore sghignazzante, Gufo facciabianca, Gufo sghignazzante
Japanese (romaji): waraifukurou
Japanese: ワライフクロウ
Kirghiz: каткырыкчы үкү
Scientific: Athene albifacies, Ninox albifacies, Sceloglaux albifaces, Sceloglaux albifacies, Sceloglaux albifacies albifacies
Lithuanian: Linksmoji kvatoklė
Maori: Whekau, whēkau
Dutch: Lachuil
Norwegian: Latterugle
Polish: sowica bialolica, sowica białolica
Portuguese: Mocho-risonho
Portuguese (Portugal): coruja-risonha
Russian: белолицая, Смеющаяся сова, Сова новозеландская хохочущая, Хохочущая сова
Slovak: sovka smejivá
Serbian: Sova smejačica
Swedish: Skrattuggla
Turkish: Gülen baykuş
Tatar: шаркылдык ябалак
Ukrainian: Сова новозеландська
Chinese: 笑鸮
Chinese (Traditional): 笑鴞, 笑鴞 1980滅絕?

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