New Species of Owl Discovered at Lombok
Scientists have reported that a new species of owl has been discovered. According to the researchers, Rinjani Scops owl (Otus jolandae) inhabits the island of Lombok.
It has been termed as the first endemic species in this island. Published in the journal PLoS One, a team of scientists with the lead researcher George Sangster, from Stockholm University's Department of Zoology in Stockholm have described about their experience with the new species.
The species was discovered by two researchers with a small difference in time. It has been written in the journal that the team found the owl on 3 September 2003. Another researcher, Ben King discovered the species on 7 September 2003.
Sangster was present at the island to record sounds of the local population of a species of nightjar. On the first day of their arrival, they heard voice of a bird that they were not accustomed to.
At the same time, Ben King, from the Ornithology Department, American Museum of Natural History in New York, USA, was present at the island. He also came for the same task. He came across the same experiences as that of Sangster.
After hearing the sound, both of them individually started attracting the owl with an audio. This species looks very similar to Moluccan Scops owl but its whistles sound very different from them.
This is a unique discovery for the ornithologists, reported a news channel.