Glossary

Aviary
An aviary is a large enclosure for confining birds. Unlike cages, aviaries allow birds a larger living space where they can fly; hence, aviaries are also sometimes known as flight cages. Aviaries often contain plants and shrubbery to simulate a natural environment.

Carnivorous
Being predatory; eating flesh of another animal. A carnivore, meaning 'meat eater' (Latin carne meaning 'flesh' and vorare meaning 'to devour'),

Coniferous
Referring to trees or shrubs that produce cones and have needle-like or scale-like leaves.

Deciduous
Referring to trees that seasonally lose their leaves.

Diurnal
Refers to animals that are active during the day and sleep at night. Animals that are not diurnal might be nocturnal (active at night).

Facial disc
The part on the owl’s face that is made of feathers and surrounds the eyes.

Nocturnal
Refers to animals that are active at night and sleep during the day. Animals that are not nocturnal might be diurnal (active during the day).

Opportunistic
Referring to feeding when food is available

Plumage
The feathers of a bird and the patterns and coloring on those feathers.

Taxonomy
Is the science of naming living things.

Thicket
A group of bushes or trees that densely populate an area.