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Colour-banding may help save forest owlets

Economic Times

The research has got a thumbs-up from ornithologist Satish Pandey. "Conservation is ... "While tourists and bird-watchers have reported sighting the Forest Owlet, this is the first time that a scientific research is being done on their population. It ...

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The critically endangered Forest Owlet, Heteroglaux blewitti. By Tarique Sani. Flickr
As many as 25 pairs of the critically endangered forest owlet , which is endemic to India, will be colour-banded to study their distribution, population, demography and ecology. City-based Wildlife Research and Conservation Society (WRCS) plans to carry out the project in Melghat and Tadoba tiger reserves, and in Toranmal in Nandurbar district of the state.

Asad Rahmani, director of the Bombay Natural History Society, said the the nesting sites and habitats of the forest owlets must be protected. "This species, of which very few birds are left, is only found in India. With this research, we will be able to understand their ecology better which will help in their conservation." Rahmani, who has provided the society with guidance in trapping the bird, said individual identification of any species in the wild is always useful for collecting information.

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