Thursday, March 22, 2007

News: Rare Owlet Found

Photos: American Bird Conservancy

March must be the month for owls.



The American Bird Conservancy reports today that ornithologists have seen the extremely rare Long-Whiskered Owl in the wild for the first time in Peru.

Here's more from the ABC press release:

The extremely rare Long-whiskered Owlet (Xenoglaux loweryi), a species that wasn’t discovered until 1976, and until now was only known from a few specimens captured in nets after dark, has been seen in the wild for the first time by researchers monitoring the Area de Conservaci√≥n Privada de Abra Patricia – Alto Nieva, a private conservation area in Northern Peru. The sighting is considered a holy grail of South American ornithology and has not been accomplished in thirty years, despite the efforts of hundreds of birders.


Here's another pic of this crazy-looking guy:







More pics can be found here.

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