Intelligence without ambition…

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings

A C. Archie Danielson or Salvador Dalí quotation
(research shows these two different people as author)

Northern Hawk Owl

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This bird (Surnia ulula) is a medium sized bird. It has a falcon-like wing shape and long tail. It is the only living species in the genus Surnia. The bird is 35-43 cm (13.8″ – 16.9″) long with a 69-82 cm (27.2″ – 32.3″) wingspan. Its song is a bubbling lulululu.

It is found in the boreal forests of North America and Eurasia, usually on the edges of more open woodland. It is not a migratory bird, but occasionally irrupts south of its breeding range. This bird nests in large tree cavities or uses nests abandoned by other large birds. It has little fear of humans, and will attack if the young are approached too closely.

This type bird hunts voles and birds like thrushes. It waits on a perch and takes advantage of its rapid flight to overtake prey. It has exceptional hearing and can plunge into snow to capture rodents below the surface.



Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings

By Salvador Dalí or C. Archie Danielson



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