"Devil's Bird" Owl Nearly Extinct


With just 80-100 birds believed to be alive in the wilds of Southern Asia, the spot-bellied eagle owl or "Devil's Bird" faces almost certain extinction, especially as smugglers nicknamed "forest sharks" continue to capture and export the birds for sale. The species was last considered for protection under the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species in 2004 (based on 1999 data), at which time the bird was judged of "least concern" for conservation efforts.

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