"Holy grail of South American ornithology" seen in wild for first time

A tiny owl so rare and so unlike its brother species its scientific name means "strange owl" has been seen in the wild for first time in Peru. The long-whiskered owlet (see how tiny it is? It doesn't even get to be called a full owl!) was seen three times during the day last month. Previous specimens had been caught in nets, but this is the first time the bird has been seen free in its natural habitat. There are believed to be only an estimated 250-1000 long-whiskered owlets in Peru.

Link: Tiny rare owl spotted in Peru reserve

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