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Sunday, 6 September 2015


The most rare species in owl family, which were declared extinct in 1884, was found after 113 years in 1997 at central India. In 2015 the forest department recorded their population only 250 in numbers and declared critically endangered spices. 
The spices was also spotted in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Orissa state of India. Bird watchers can see these spices at Chatwa, Padwa, Talda, Toranmal, khaknaar forest ranges, and Melghat tigar reserves of central India.

The forest owlet is small (23 cm) and stocky. It is a typical owlet with a rather unspotted crown and heavily banded wings and tail. They have a relatively large skull and beak. The forest owlet has the fewer and fainter spots on the crown and back. The upperparts are dark grey-brown. The upper breast is almost solid brown and the sides are barred with a white central wedge in the lower breast that is sometimes unmarked, especially in males. The primaries are darker and distinct. The wings and tail are banded with white trailing edges. A dark carpal patch on the underwing visible in flight. The facial disc is pale and the eyes are yellow

I appreciate the efforts of Indian forest department for conserving these rare spices, which others have declared extinct. And pray they does better to increase their numbers.
Not just Tigers but also other endangered spices are need to be brought into attention and the efforts taken to save them.


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