Strange ‘long-whiskered owl’ spotted in Peru

A group of twitchers in Peru have caught a rare glimpse of a bizarre-looking bird not seen for 26 years.

The bird-watchers spotted a long-whiskered owlet, a species first discovered in 1976 that has remained largely out of sight since.

The tiny species, Xenoglaux loweryi, has long bristles around its beak, and delicate feathers that extend into whiskers.

Its formal Latin name actually means strange owl — via

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