The forest owlet, thought to be extinct because there have been no confirmed sightings of it for 113 years, has been spotted and photographed in a wooded area near Shahada, India, northeast of Mumbai. The eight-inch-tall brown bird has large eyes and sports an oversize beak, feet, and talons. "It is considered one of the mystery birds of India," said Pamela Rasmussen, of the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, who along with two colleagues took the photographs. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing." The two remaining mystery species of India, without recorded evidence that they have survived, are the pink-headed ducks, which were last seen in the 1930's, and the Himalayan mountain quails, which have not been sighted for about 100 years.
Source: The AWAKE magazine, of August 8, 1998.
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