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The animal on the cover of Learning Android is a Little Owl.

The Little Owl is part of the taxonomic family Strigdae, which is informally known as “typical owl” or “true owl” (the other taxonomic family includes barn owls). True to its name, the Little Owl is small, measuring between 23 and 27.5 centimeters in length. It is native to the warmer areas of east Asia (particularly Korea), Europe, and North Africa and has been introduced and naturalized in Great Britain and the South Island of New Zealand.

The Little Owl is characterized by long legs and a round head with yellow eyes and white eyebrows; the eyebrows are said to give the owl a serious expression. The most widespread species, Athene noctua, is white and speckled brown on top and white-and-brown streaked on bottom. A species commonly found in the Middle East, A. n. lilith, or the Syrian Little Owl, is a pale grayish-brown.


  

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