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A study spearheaded by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of Minnesota has shown that the world's largest owl -- and one of the rarest -- is also a key indicator of the health of some of the last great primary forests of Russia's Far East.
After years of study in a remote section of the Philippines, researchers can now confirm a victory for biodiversity, the discovery of two new owl species.
The Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) is a medium sized owl. The term "hawk" refers to its falcon-like wing shape and long tail. It is the only species in the genus Surnia. It is found in the boreal forests of North America and Eurasia, usually on the edges of more open woodland. It is non-migratory, but occasionally will fly south of its breeding range. This bird is 14 to 17 inches long with a 27 to 32.5 inch wingspan. It has a rounded head with yellow eyes, dark brown upper parts and...