1 Tahrcountry Musings: One of the world’s rarest birds sighted in Peru

Monday, December 06, 2010

One of the world’s rarest birds sighted in Peru

When one of the world’s rarest birds is sighted it is celebration time for conservationists. Recently some lucky birdwatchers were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime sighting when they observed the rare Peruvian long-whiskered owlet ( Xenoglaux loweryi ) for a lengthy time. Only a handful of people had seen it before. You can count the lucky people on your fingers.

The Owlet is mainly brown with a whitish belly and eyebrow.  The large eyes are orange-brown in color. It is a nocturnal bird and is endemic to a small patch of forest in the Andes of northern Peru. Very little is known about the biology of the bird
The bird is so rare that it was discovered only in 1976. For a 26-year interregnum  there were no confirmed sightings at all. The estimated population is between 250 and 1000 individuals in the wild. IUCN has classified the species as Endangered.

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