Friday long-whiskered owlet blogging


Hey little dude, nice to see ya. Digging the lashes. Good for you that you’re hanging in a conservation area. Now, fly back into the jungle and stay safe and hidden for, hopefully, a long, long time.

LIMA, Peru – An extremely rare species of tiny owl has been seen in the wild for the first time, the American Bird Conservancy said Thursday. The long-whiskered owlet, one of the world’s smallest owls, was discovered in 1976. Researchers have caught a few specimens in nets after dark but had not seen it in nature.

It was spotted in the wild in February by researchers monitoring a private conservation area in Peru’s northern jungle.

The conservancy said in a news release that investigators encountered the owlet three times during daylight hours and recorded its calls frequently at night. The group said the sighting “is considered a holy grail of South American ornithology.



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