Forest owlet

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Forest Owlet
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Scientific classification
Kingdom Information
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Bilateria
Branch Deuterostomia
Phylum Information
Phylum Chordata
Sub-phylum Vertebrata
Infraphylum Gnathostomata
Class Information
Superclass Tetrapoda
Class Aves
Sub-class Neornithes
Infra-class Neoaves
Order Information
Order Strigiformes
Family Information
Families Strigidae
Sub-family Striginae
Genus Information
Genus Heteroglaux
Species Information
Species H. blewitti
Synonyms Athene blewitti
Population statistics
Population 75-400 (2016 est.)
Conservation status Critically endangered[1]

The forest owlet (Heteroglaux blewitti) is a species of owl found in several places within the Indian subcontinent. Originally known from seven specimens collected in the late-19th century, the species was rediscovered in 1998; its fragmented and scattered population has placed it among the critically endangered by the IUCN.

Range and habitat

The bird has been seen to date in five areas in north-central India, the largest of which is to the east of Burhanpur; four smaller areas exist west to near Mumbai.