Rare Long-Whiskered Owlet Discovered in Peru

March 25, 2010
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Researchers in Peru have recently filmed the long-whiskered owlet, one of the world's rarest birds, at La Esperanza, Peru. How rare is this six-inch owlet? It's estimated that fewer than 15 people have ever seen this bird in the wild.

"The owlet was originally discovered in 1976, but not seen again until 2002. It was seen in 2008 at Abra Patricia where it has also been heard subsequently. This new sighting was at the main research area for the organization Neotropical Primate Conservation — the area is also home to one of the world’s most endangered primates, the yellow-tailed woolly monkey.

"The researchers counted five individuals, making this the largest grouping of owlets ever recorded."

For video and to read more, visit the American Bird Conservancy