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'Like nothing we had seen before': New species of owl discovered

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An Omani Owl, a species completely new to science
A British ornithologist working in Oman was able to track the unfamiliar hoots of a bird previously unknown to science

 

A British ornithologist and his team have discovered a completely new species of owl while on a research expedition in Oman.

 

The bird, previously unknown to science, is slightly bigger than a tawny owl and has been named the Omani Owl.

 

It was first spotted in a remote mountainous region of the Middle Eastern country while sound-recordist and author Magnus Robb, 43, formerly from Edinburgh, was studying another species in March.

 

Mr Robb said he and his team were recording the Arabian owl, which he knows well, when he noticed “faint owl-like hooting in the background with a rhythm I had never heard before”.

 

Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/like-nothing-we-had-seen-before-new-species-of-owl-discovered-8859083.html

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'Like nothing we had seen before': New species of owl discovered

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A British ornithologist and his team have discovered a completely new species of owl while on a research expedition in Oman. The bird, previously unknown to science, is slightly bigger than a tawny owl and has been named the Omani Owl. It was first ...

Hoots mon … ornithologist discovers new owl speciesHerald Scotland

New species of owl discovered in Middle EastIrish Times

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Scottish ornithologist helps find completely new species of owl

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Scottish ornithologist helps find completely new species of owl. STV 4 October 2013 14:08 BST. Tweet Facebook ... "My colleague Rene Pop and I tried in vain to find the mystery bird again the next night, but it was only on the last night of our trip ...

'Like nothing we had seen before': New species of owl discoveredThe Independent

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New breed of owl discovered in Oman

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Muscat: A Scottish ornithologist claims that an owl he spotted in Jebel Akdhar mountains could be an undiscovered breed. Magnus Robb, who is part of an international project called the Sound Approach that aims to catalogue and understand bird sounds ...

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New owl species found in OmanTimes of Oman

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