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First Xenoglaux Seen Alive In Wild

Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 23rd, 2007

long-whiskered owlet

long-whiskered owlet

long-whiskered owlet

American Bird Conservancy is reporting the first live sighting a few weeks ago of what is “considered a holy grail of South American ornithology,” Xenoglaux loweryi.

Xenoglaux 2

Commonly called the long-whiskered owlet – alone in its own genus Xenoglaux, meaning “strange owl” – it was first discovered in 1976. Researchers have caught a few specimens in nets after dark but had not seen it in nature, until was spotted in February in a northern Peruvian rainforest. It was encountered three times during the day and its calls recorded at night in the Alto Nieva’s Peruvian reserve, known locally as the Area de Conservación Privada de Abra Patricia.

Xenoglaux 1

One of the world’s smallest owls, Xenoglaux loweryi has long wispy feathers around its reddish-orange eyes (quite visible in the new photos, above).

Seeing the long-whiskered owlet is a huge thrill. Its population is estimated to be less than 1000 birds and possibly as few as 250. Due to the rapid destruction of its forest habitat and its tiny range, it is inferred that the species is in serious decline. Until recently, the owlet’s key habitat was completely unprotected.David Geale, Association of Andean Ecosystems, member of the research team

Photos of the actual first live observed specimen, at top, credited to Asociación Ecosistemas Andinos/American Bird Conservancy.

Loren Coleman – has written 5491 posts on this site.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.


3 Responses to “First Xenoglaux Seen Alive In Wild”

  1. Fred Facker responds:

    Let’s hope Peru can do more to save this wonderful little owl than we did to save the Ivory Bill Woodpeckers.

  2. joppa responds:

    Cool little dude !!! Is it a bug eater or is it big enough to eat mice ???

  3. kittenz responds:

    It’s always wonderful news when an animal or a plant that was presumed lost is rediscovered, or an entirely new species is discovered. Hmm… they didn’t even have to kill one …



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