Desert Tawny Owl: New Species of Bird Discovered

The Desert Tawny Owl (Strix hadorami). Image credit: © Rony Lybanah.

The Desert Tawny Owl (Strix hadorami). Image credit: © Rony Lybanah.

A group of ornithologists led by Dr Manuel Schweizer from the Natural History Museum of Bern in Switzerland has described a new cryptic species of owl that inhabits the desert areas of Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman and Yemen.

The newly-discovered species, named the Desert Tawny Owl, belongs to the earless owl genus, Strix.

It is a medium-sized owl, 30 to 33 centimeters long, and weighing 140 to 220 grams. It resembles the Hume’s Owl (Strix butleri) and the Tawny Owl (Strix aluco) in plumage pattern and proportions. Continue reading