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New owl species discovered in the Philippines

Post by valkea » Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:44 am

Two new owl species have been described in the Philippines, reports Inquirer News.

The species were discovered after years of research by ornithologists who analyzed the calls of what was originally thought to be a single species of owl, the Philippine hawk-owl (Ninox philippensis), which is now known to represent seven closely-related species.

“More than 15 years ago, we realized that new subspecies of Ninox hawk-owls existed in the Philippines,” said Pam Rasmussen of Michigan State University, who is the lead author of the Journal of Asian Ornithology's Forktail paper that describes the new species. “But it wasn’t until last year that we obtained enough recordings that we could confirm that they were not just subspecies, but two new species of owls.”

“This species [the Cebu Hawk-owl] is possibly endangered. It can only be found in small patches of forests in Cebu,” biologist Lisa Marie Paguntalan of the Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc. (PBCFI) was quoted as saying by Inquirer News.

Other hawl-owls formerly classified under the Luzon Hawk Owl (Ninox philippensis) but now elevated to species status include the Mindoro Hawk Owl (Ninox mindorensis), the Romblon Hawk Owl (Ninox spilonota), the Mindanao Hawk Owl (Ninox spilocephala) and the Sulu Hawk Owl (Ninox reyi).

The researchers also announced a revision of the Philippine Scops Owl, elevating three owls formerly considered subspecies to species status: the Luzon lowland Scops-Owl (Otus megalotis), Negros or West Visayan Scops owl (Otus nigrorum) and the Mindanao lowland scops-owl (Otus everetti).

The Philippines have lost roughly 90 percent of its primary forest cover due to logging and agricultural expansion.
http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0818-philippines-owl.html

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Re: New owl species discovered in the Philippines

Post by sSilvers » Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:36 am

Nice to hear!
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Post by Alpha Female » Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:58 am

Haha, that's awesome! Glad to see two new species of owl were discovered. Just goes to show how much we truly know about the Earth's many species. ^^
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Re: New owl species discovered in the Philippines

Post by Kivia » Sun Sep 02, 2012 8:31 am

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I must have missed this being posted on here. BUT I FOUND IT.

It really does go to show you that we're going to keep consistently finding new species on this planet- what is also pretty interesting is the way they discovered these new species, through their calls. That is a technique I've never really thought of using, but I suppose it's completely viable!
I'm hoping they will not be considered endangered or anything of the sort. They're gorgeous birds.

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Re: New owl species discovered in the Philippines

Post by Wonderland Summer » Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:34 pm

WHAT! I cant believe it. A new spieces!
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Post by The Olive lord » Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:58 am

Very great information! I love owls and I do hope that these species aren't endangered, owls are wonderful and adorable!
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Re: New owl species discovered in the Philippines

Post by SilverSparks12 » Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:10 am

What, a new species?! Awesome! This is so cool, thanks for posting this Pheonix!
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