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New Owl Species Identified In The Deserts Of The Middle East



Strix Hadorami in pictured in southern Israel. (Image Credit: Thomas Krumenacker/

By Kristen E. Strubberg Editor-in-Chief

Introducing the Desert Tawny Owl! This new species belongs to the ear-less owl genus Strix and is distinct from both Hume’s Owl (Strix butleri) and the Tawny Owl (Strix aluco). The strongest evidence  Dr. Manuel Schweizer and his research team presents for a new species comes from molecular differences in mitochondrial DNA between the three species.

Scientifically labelled Strix hadorami, the species name is in dedication to prominent Israeli ornithologist Hadoram Shirihai (a colleague of Dr. Schweizer) who may have also discovered and preserved the first specimen of this species known to science decade ago.

Desert Tawny Owl Natural Range. (Image Credit: Original Paper/Species New to Science)

The owl’s natural range as stretching through the deserts of Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman and Yemen. According to Dr. Schweizer’s observations, the Desert Tawny Owl likes limestone ravines, sandstone cliffs, and deep wadis (a dry ravine or riverbed) to roost and nest.

Learn more about this new species at Sci-News and Ornithomedia.

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Kristen E. Strubberg is the Editor-in-Chief for TGNR. Kristen founded TGNR in 2013 - seeking to create a high quality platform for original, eclectic and substantive positive news journalism by attracting expert contributors in many varying subjects. Kristen also works as a clinical medical researcher in Cardiology, with an original background in Neuroscience. Her passion for science has translated to her science-fiction specialization, with her highly adept published insights into the best of sci-fi’s popular culture. Kristen has served as TGNR’s Editor-in-Chief since 2013.