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Scientists discover new owl species in Indonesia

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Researchers in Indonesia unwittingly identified a new species of owl believed to be unique to the country, raising hopes of further new bird discoveries, a scientist said Thursday. 

Two brown-and-white Rinjani Scops owls perch on a tree branch in the Indonesian island of Lombok in a photograph taken on August 29, 2008 and released on February 14, 2013. Researchers in Indonesia unwittingly identified a new species of owl believed to be unique to the country, raising hopes of further new bird discoveries, a scientist said Thursday.

The brown-and-white Rinjani Scops owl was first spotted in 2003 on the island of Lombok, while researchers were looking for another nocturnal bird. It was formally identified by four scientists Wednesday in the online "Plos One" journal.

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