Discovery of a possible hybrid of the Critically Endangered Forest Owlet Athene blewitti and Spotted Owlet Athene brama (Aves: Strigiformes) from northern Maharashtra, India

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S.A. Pande
A.P. Pawashe
R. Kasambe
R. Yosef


The Forest Owlet Athene blewitti is considered to be critically endangered and at an extremely high risk of extinction. It was recently rediscovered after 113 years and little is known about this endemic species, which has a very limited distribution in central India. In early February 2004, the Earth Lovers Association (ELA) and the International Birding and Research Centre in Eilat (IBRCE) arranged an expedition to the Melghat Tiger Reserve (MTR) and mapped all known and newly discovered territories of Forest and Spotted owlets (A. brama

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