New Indonesian owl species discovery

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This 28 September 2014 video is called The Rinjani Scops owl (Otus jolandae).

From Wildlife Extra:

New owl species identified on Lombok

First bird recognised as endemic to Lombok

February 2013. A new species of owl has been discovered on the island of Lombok by researchers from Sweden. The Rinjani scops owl was recognised by its distinctive calls. Although first collected in 1896, it is only now recognised as a distinct species.

The avifauna of Indonesia is one of the richest in the world but the taxonomic status of many species remains poorly documented. The sole species of scops owl known from Lombok has long been assigned to the widespread Moluccan Scops Owl Otus magicus on the basis of superficial similarities in morphology.

Field work in 2003 has shown that the territorial song of the scops owls inhabiting the foothills of Gunung Rinjani differs dramatically from that of O…

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Snowy owl perched

Christopher Martin Photography

Curious on a perch - 2013 © Christopher Martin

I hung out with a Snowy owl for quite a while the other afternoon.  I settled in a little ways off from the telephone pole that was serving as the scouting perch with the hopes of a dive down into the snow for a field mouse caught unaware below.

A casual stare - 2013 © Christopher Martin

That didn’t happen but I enjoyed watching this beautiful, heavily barred owl as it scanned its surroundings.  I never think it’s a waste of time to spend time with wild creatures and get to learn a bit more about their ways.


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