Heteroglaux blewitti Hume, 1873 - Forest Owlet

Subspecies in India

This is also known as the Forest Spotted Owlet or Blewitt's Owl.

This species is listed as Endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/).
 

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Heteroglaux blewitti - Forest Owlet



This rare endemic species is also known as Forest Spotted Owlet or Blewitt’s Owl. It inhabits dry deciduous forests of India (mainly in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Gujarat), at the heights of 200-700m (BirdLife International 2018).

Conservation Status:
 
 

According to the IUCN Red List Assessment, the population of this species is declining, with the current population size estimated at 250-999 individuals. The threat to its persistence comes from habitat disturbance due to large-scale agriculture and other human encroachments like large scale timber harvest, illegal tree felling and building dams (BirdLife International 2018).
 
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Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra3113
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
Total3113
BirdLife International 2018. Heteroglaux blewitti . The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T22689335A132251554. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T22689335A132251554.en. Accessed on 31 January 2020.
 

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Heteroglaux blewitti Hume, 1873 – Forest Owlet. In Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 2.17. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.birdsofindia.org/heteroglaux-blewitti, accessed 2024/06/25.