One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Each of a pair of tufts of longer feathers on the top of the head of some owls. They are unconnected with the true ears.
- ‘We analyzed the basic shapes of the owl's body beginning with a circle for a head and an oval for the body, adding additional shapes for the facial discs, eyes, beak and ear tufts.’
- ‘This owl had distinctive ear tufts and great markings.’
- ‘Many species have ear tufts that have been suggested to have behavioral functions; they do not function in sound acquisition.’
- ‘Most every residential street with mature deciduous trees is sure to have a pair of these medium-sized owls with ear tufts (not always visible) and yellow eyes.’
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