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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.

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

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

König, Claus & Weick, Friedhelm. 2008. "Owls: A Guide to the Owls of the World (Second Edition)". Yale University Press.

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

Page by Deane Lewis. Last updated 2015-12-05.