Friday, February 15, 2013

New Owl Species in Indonesia

A new owl species, first encountered by researchers in 2003 in Lombok Indonesia, is formally described

The "common" owl is the first endemic bird species recorded on the island of Lombok.

New research is showing that previously-thought subspecies of owls, for example, might actually be distinctly different species.  One researcher pointed out that in the past, ornithologists and birdwatchers have largely ignored the island because, unlike Java, Bali, Flores and other islands in the region, no bird species were (thought to be) unique to it.

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