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Réunion Owl ~ Mascarenotus grucheti


The Réunion Owl was a small owl that became extinct before any living birds were described. It is only known from subfossil bones.


Distribution: Occurred on the Mascarene island of Réunion, east of Madagascar.

Status: Extinct.

Original Description: Mourer-Chauviré, Cécile; Bour, Roger; Moutou, François & Ribes, Sonia (1994): Mascarenotus nov. gen. (Aves, Strigiformes), genre endémique éteint des Mascareignes et M. grucheti n. sp., espèce éteinte de La Réunion. C. R. Acad. Sci. Paris sér. II 318: 1699–1706.

References: (may contain affiliate links)
BirdLife International. 2020. "IUCN Red List of Threatened Species". IUCN.
Collaborative. . "Wikipedia". Wikimedia Foundation.
International Ornithological Congress. 2023. "IOC World Bird List - Owls".
Mascarenotus grucheti at Xeno-canto.

See also: Other owls from Genus: Mascarenotus.

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