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Mauritius Owl ~ Mascarenotus sauzieri


The Mauritius Owl was a species that become extinct in the mid 1800s. It is known from a collection of subfossil bones from the Mare aux Songes swamp, a detailed sketch made by de Jossigny in 1770, a detailed description by Desjardins of a bird shot in 1836, and a number of brief reports about owls, the first being those of Van Westzanen in 1602 and Matelief in 1606.


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

Status: Extinct.

Original Description: Newton, Alfred & Gadow, Hans Friedrich (1893): On additional bones of the Dodo and other extinct birds of Mauritius obtained by Mr. Théodore Sauzier. Trans. Zool. Soc. 13: 281–302, plate 33: figures 11–18.

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 sauzieri at Xeno-canto.

See also: Other owls from Genus: Mascarenotus.

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