The Ogygoptyngidae, a new family of owls from the Paleocene of North America

Pat V. Rich, David J. Bohaska

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When Ogygoptynx wetmorei was reported by Rich & Bohaska (1976), it appeared to represent a unique and new avian group. Detailed comparisons of this Early Paleocene form from Colorado (USA) have clearly demonstrated that it is distinct from North American protostrigids and all European Palaeogene owls and that it is intermediate between the modern typical owls (Strigidae) and barn owls (Tytonidae). A new monotypic family of owls, the Ogygoptyngidae, is proposed to include this form.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-102
Number of pages8
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1981

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