- Survey on birds of prey and owls Falconiformes and Strigiformes) on Java sea islands: correction and additions.
- The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology
- Volume | Issue number
- 53 | 2
- Number of pages
- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
): In Southeast Asia the short-eared owl Asio flammeus is a northern migrant and is normally not recorded south of Singapore and, rarely, northern Borneo. The occurrence of short-eared owl in the Kangean archipelago, Java Sea, has been noted in several publications, including a recent one in this journal (Nijman, Raffles Bull. Zool. 2004, 52(2): 647-651). Kangean would represent the southernmost locality for the species and the first for Indonesia. The contention that short-eared owl does occur on Kangean probably all traces back to Hartert (Novit. Zool. 1902, 9: 419-441) who listed Strix flammea javanica in his list of birds of Kangean. Strix flammea is a synonym for the Barn owl Tyto alba and not of Asio flammeus. The description provided by Hartert clearly point to a barn owl and not to a short-eared owl. There are no indications that short-eared owl has ever been recorded on Kangean, and only two species of owl are present in the archipelago, i.e. barn owl and Sunda scops-owl Otus lempiji.
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