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Brown-and-white whistling owl ID'd as new species

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Brown and white whistling owl is new species

Researchers looking for a nocturnal bird in Indonesia accidentally identified a new species of owl one that has a distinct whistling song and is believed to exist nowhere else in the world. The Rinjani Scops owl was first identified in 2003 and has since been spotted only on Lombok island, about 25 kilometers from the popular resort island of Bali. The findings were published on Wednesday in the online journal Plos One . The small owl, with brown and white feathers and big golden eyes, had been confused with a similar-looking species for more than a century.



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