New owl species discovered on Indonesian island

02/14/2013 | Our Amazing Planet

A new owl species with its unique birdsong was discovered on the Indonesian island of Lombok, according to findings published in the journal PLoS ONE. Known to locals as "burung pok," the Rinjani scops owl eluded discovery despite extensive research on the island because of its similarities to the Moluccan scops owl. "It is a wake-up call for ornithologists: There is still much to learn, and new species can reveal themselves even if you are not looking for them, and in places where no one expected to find something new," said the study's co-author George Sangster.

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