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Forest Owlet ~ Athene blewitti (Heteroglaux blewitti)


The Forest Owlet is a small owl with no ear-tufts. It is also known as the Forest Spotted Owlet or Blewitt's Owl.

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Distribution: Endemic in the north central Indian peninsula. Previously believed to be extinct but rediscovered in 1997 in western Kandesh and at Khaknar Forest.

Range of Forest Owlet (Athene blewitti)
Range of the Forest Owlet Athene blewitti

Status: Extremely rare. Listed as Endangered by BirdLife International.

Original Description: Hume, Allan Octavian. 1873. Stray Feathers (Str. Feath.) 1: p. 468.

References: (may contain affiliate links)
BirdLife International. 2020. "IUCN Red List of Threatened Species". IUCN.
International Ornithological Congress. 2023. "IOC World Bird List - Owls".
König, Claus & Weick, Friedhelm. 2008. "Owls: A Guide to the Owls of the World (Second Edition)". Yale University Press.
Athene blewitti at Xeno-canto.

See also: Other owls from Asia, Genus: Athene.

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