For the first time in 150 years… Shelley’s eagle owl was found in Ghana


This is the first time that a picture of this type of bird has been taken giant owl In the wild since the seventies of the nineteenth century.

According to a tweet accompanied by a picture of the owl on Twitter, it was seen eagle owl On the 16th of this October, a sighting described by ecologists as an “exciting discovery”.

And there are only a few thousand of this rare bird, which has been officially classified as endangered, according to the British newspaper The Independent.

The bird was taken by Joseph Tobias, from the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London, and Robert Williams, a scientist The environment from Somerset.

And discover the two worlds owl, for which there have been no confirmed sightings since the 1870s, during the daytime earlier this month.

Despite seeing the bird for only 15 seconds, they were able to take enough pictures to identify it. The owl has distinctive black eyes, a yellow beak, and a huge size.

Tobias said, “The owl was so big, at first we thought it was EagleFortunately, she was standing on a low branch and when we raised our binoculars we were amazed. There is no other owl in the rainforests of Africa of this size.”

It is noteworthy that the owl was first described in the year 1872 after Richard Baudler Sharpe, curator of the bird group in Natural History Museum, on a sample of a fisherman in Ghana.

Since then, there have been unconfirmed occasional sightings of Shelley’s eagle owl in recent decades in western and central Africa.

Scientist from the University of Environment and Sustainable Development in Ghana Nathaniel Anurba said: “This is an exciting discovery. We have been searching for this mysterious bird for years in the western lowlands, so finding it here in the Ridgetop forests in the eastern region is a big surprise.”

Imperial College London described the discovery as a new source of hope for birds.

“We hope this vision will draw attention to the Atwa forest and its importance in conserving local biodiversity,” Williams said. “We hope the discovery of such a rare and remarkable owl will advance efforts to save one of Ghana’s last wild forests.”


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