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Comments on a possible new species of Scops owl Otus sp on Réunion

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In previous issue of Bull ABC, Renman reported the possible existence of a new species of owl on Réunion Island. During a visit there in October-November 1993, he heard a call like that of a scops owl Otus and eventually saw the flying silhouette of a small owl-like bird disappearing into the forest. As there had been no previous report of such a bird on Réunion Island, this encounter was rather striking. Here we would like to comment on this observation and add new, as yet unreported, although less recent, sightings of a bird that seems to confirm the existence of a previously undescribed owl on Réunion. Vincent Bretagnolle and Carole Attié

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