Desert Tawny Owl: New Species of Bird Discovered

Main report: Desert Tawny Owl: New Species of Bird Discovered
Other Reporting: ResearchGate
Scientific Paper: Zootaxa   
New Taxa: Strix hadorami
Common Name: Desert Tawny Owl
Species named for: ornithologist Hadoram Shiriha
Categories: Birds | New Species
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A group of ornithologists led by Dr Manuel Schweizer from the Natural History Museum of Bern in Switzerland has described a new cryptic species of owl that inhabits the desert areas of Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman and Yemen.  The newly-discovered species, named the Desert Tawny Owl, belongs to the earless owl genus, Strix.

Strix sp. in the Judean desert of Israel, probably the Desert Tawny Owl (Strix hadorami). Image credit: © Thomas Krumenacker,

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