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Rare Short-eared owl spotted in Baran

A colony of rare Short-eared Owl hailing from Himalayas has been spotted in Sorsan forest of Baran district for the first time, bringing cheers among naturalists in the state

jaipur Updated: Dec 14, 2017 20:15 IST
Aabshar H Quazi
A colony of around 50 Short-eared Owl has been sighted in around 500 square meter area in Sorsan forest of Baran district, say naturalists.
A colony of around 50 Short-eared Owl has been sighted in around 500 square meter area in Sorsan forest of Baran district, say naturalists.(Representational Photo)

A colony of rare Short-eared Owl hailing from Himalayas has been spotted in Sorsan forest of Baran district for the first time, bringing cheers among naturalists in the state.

Hadauti Naturalist Society (HNS) secretary RS Tomar told HT on Thursday that a colony of around 50 Short-eared Owl has been sighted in around 500 square meter area in the forest.

“Short-eared Owl were spotted in few numbers till year 2001 but arrival of Short-eared Owl in such big numbers is noticed for the first time,” he said.

Asked about the reason behind spotting of Short-eared Owl in sorsan, Senior Vice-President of HNS Abdul Haneef Zaidi said: “Short-eared Owls are grassland birds. Since Sorsan has extensive grasslands so the bird is being spotted here.”

Short-eared Owls roost in bushes of Sorsan but do not breed here as they breed in Himalayas in summers.

HNS treasure Manish Arya said: “Short-eared Owls are usually seen in Little Rann of Kucch in Gujarat but they are being sighted not only in Sorsan and other parts of Rajasthan including Bhilwara, Jhalawar and Sawai Madhopur this year, which is a subject of study.”

He, however, stated that number of Short-eared Owl at Sorsan forest is more than other places in Rajasthan.

Baran’s deputy conservator of forest Rajeev Kapoor said: “Locals say that although Short-eared Owls had been sighted at Sorsan in the past but their presence was not regular. So, arrival of the bird in large numbers is significant.”

Asked, he said reasons behind their arrival in large numbers were not clear as it could be congenial conditions at Sorsan following flourishment of grasslands or global climate change.

The Short-eared Owl is a species of typical owl which has tufts of feathers resembling mammalian ears. It is around 1 feet tall and measures 34–43 cm in length. It has large eyes, a big head, a short neck, and broad wings.