Posted by: Sandy Steinman | February 20, 2013

New Owl Species Formally Described

BBC Nature reported on the formal description of a new owl species discovered in Indonesia.The Rinjani Scops Owl (Otus jolandae) was discovered in Lombok, Indonesia in September 2003 by two different researchers just four days apart in separate locations. The Rinjani Scops Owl looks very similar to the Moluccan Scops owl but has a very different whistles.

Ornithologists have overlooked the island of Lombok has it was not previously known for having any unique species. This discovery suggests the possibility of other unknown species there as well.

Read more and see photo at: BBC Nature – A new owl species from Indonesia is formally described

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