Eyes black, set in a somewhat triangular facial disk; bill more or less concealed by feathers; nostril opening at the edge of a fleshy cere; inner edge of middle toe-nail serrate; no 'ears'; tarsus feathered. Above gray and yellowish buff; below white more or less washed with buff and spotted with black. Notes: A sudden, harsh scream and a screaming cr-r-r-r-e-e-, repeated several times generally flying. Range: United States north to Long Island, (rarely Massachusetts) southern Ontario, Minnesota and Oregon; migrates slightly south and winters south to Mexico.
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