New owl species discovered in the Philippines

Cebu Hawk OwlHearing about new animal species is definitely exciting and kind of gives one hope about the future of the environment–unless people manage to mess up those animals’ chances for survival. Anyway, 10 new owl species were discovered in the Philippines, two of which are completely new: the Cebu hawk owl and the Camiguin hawk owl. According to Lisa Paguntalan, field director of Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Programme, the owls may be considered endangered because they were found only in small forested areas and islands.

Photo by Christian Artuso

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