February 14, 2013

Something old yet something new: New owl species identified in Indonesia

By Rob Janicki

Just when you think you've seen it all, along comes something new to add to all you've seen before.  And this was true with a new species of owls that even surprised those knowledgeable about the vast number of owl species.  I present article this since I regularly encounter barn owls hooting along the way late at night when walking my dogs. 

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Researchers looking for a nocturnal bird in Indonesia accidentally identified a new species of owl - one that has a distinct whistling song and is believed to exist nowhere else in the world.

The Rinjani Scops owl was first identified in 2003 and has since been spotted only on Lombok island, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) from the popular resort island of Bali. The findings were published Wednesday in the online journal PLOS ONE...

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