A New Owl Species in Indonesia

A unique whistling call has led scientists to discover a new species of owl – Rinjani scops owl (Otus jolandae) – on the Indonesian island of Lombok.  Two scientific expeditions, occurring separately but within a few days of each other, both noticed something different about the calls coming from owls on Lombok.  Strangely, no-one had noticed anything special about these owls in the previous 100 years.

For the full story, please visit the Mongabay web site.

A new species of owl: Rinjani scops owl. Photo by: Philippe Verbelen.

A new species of owl: Rinjani scops owl. Photo by: Philippe Verbelen.

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