Palau owl

The Palau Owl is a species of owl in the Strigidae family. Formerly united with the scops owls in Otus, it is now placed in its own genus Pyrroglaux.

The Palau owl is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Palau Owl (Pyrroglaux podarginus) is a species of owl in the Strigidae family. Formerly united with the scops owls in Otus, it is now placed in its own genus Pyrroglaux. It is endemic to Palau. References - * BirdLife International 2004. Otus podarginus. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 24 July 2007. Stub icon This Owl-related article is a stub. More

The Palau Owl (Pyrroglaux podarginus) is endemic to Palau - an island nation in the Pacific Ocean, some 500 miles (800 km) east of the Philippines and 2,000 miles (3,200 km) south of Tokyo. - Photo, Video and/or Article contributions are welcome! Please click here for info The Avianweb strives to maintain accurate and up-to-date information; however, mistakes do happen. If you would like to correct or update any of the information, please send us an e-mail. More

I did not see the Palau Owl, which my local contacts say is very rare. My main references were The Birds of Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific by H. Douglas Pratt, et. al., out-of-print Field Guide to the Birds of Palau by John Engbring, and A Field Guide to the Waterbirds of Asia by Bharat Bhushan The major reason for Palau's biodiversity over other Micronesian islands include its proximity to surrounding landmasses, comparatively diverse geography, and relatively large size. More

Aspects of the topic Palau owl are discussed in the following places at Britannica. Assorted References * description and classification (in owl (bird): General features) ...barn owl (Tyto alba) and the short-eared owl (Asio flammeus), are among the most widely distributed birds; others, such as the Palau owl (Pyrroglaux podargina) and the Seychelles owl (Otus insularis),... More

The Palau owl (Pyrroglaux podargina) is one of three Palau bird species that were virtually eliminated by damage caused to the Palau Islands (formerly a U.S. administered United Nations Trust Territory now under an independent constitutional government) during WWII . Surveys conducted in 1945 found that the endemic owl, reported to be common in 1931, was scarce . The population is thought to have continued to decline until the 1960s, possibly due to deaths caused by the ingestion of an introduced beetle . More

one time quite common, the Palau Owl became increasingly rare between World War II and the 1960s. Ecologists suspected that the decline was due to the rhinoceros beetles ingested by the owls. A concentrated effort was made to rid the islands of the fatal beetles, and it was observed that as this scourge was brought under control, the owls began to increase in number. Unfortunately, another crisis soon appeared. The lowland mangrove swamps where the owls make their homes have been disappearing from Palau. More

The Palau Owl became more and more rare until the mid 1960s. Then, its population began to increase, thanks in part to efforts to control the Rhinoceros Beetle which is deadly to owls that feed on it. Today, the calls of this owl can once more be heard in the forests of its native habitat, the Pacific islands of Palau. This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood More

Order : Strigiformes
Family : Strigidae
Genus : Otus
Species : podarginus
Authority : (Hartlaub & Finsch, 1872)