There are more than 225 owl species in the world, divided into two families. The Rinjani Scops owl was first identified in 2003 and has since been spotted only on Lombok island, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) from the popular resort island of Bali. It can seem like there are many more species, however, because many owls go by a number of different common names throughout their ranges. The Rinjani Scops owl, (Otus jolandae) is a species of scops owl found only on Lombok in the Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia. The only bird species endemic to the island, it was first discovered in September 2003 and was formally described in 2013. Photo Credit: Philippe Verbelen. The Rinjani Scops Owl, (Otus jolandae) is a new species of scoops owl found only on Lombok in the Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia. Etymology The specific epithet jolandae honours Dr Jolanda Luksenburg, a biologist who codiscovered the species in 2003. Rinjani Scops-owl Otus jolandae Check out the full taxonomy and distribution of Rinjani Scops-owl on HBW Alive. Barn owls with their distinct heart-shaped facial disks make up the Tytonidae family, while all other owl species are in the Strigidae or typical owl family.

The Rinjani scops owl, from the Indonesian island of Lombok, was thought to be a member of Otus magicus since 1896, when a British naturalist collected several specimens. Huffington Post, Margie Mason. The Rinjani Scops owl was first identified in 2003 and has since been spotted only on Lombok island, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) from the popular resort island of Bali. Otus jolandae, the Rinjani scops owl, only lives on Lombok island.Photo: Philippe Verbelen. HBW Alive contains information on Descriptive notes , Voice , Habitat , Food and Feeding , Breeding , Movements , Status and Conservation plus a list of … JAKARTA, Indonesia — Researchers looking for a nocturnal bird in Indonesia accidentally identified a new species of owl – one that has a distinct whistling song and is believed to exist nowhere else in the world. The new species on Lombok – the Rinjani scops owl (Otus jolandae). File:Rinjani Scops Owl Otus jolandae, Lombok - journal.pone.0053712.g001-right.png From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository Jump to navigation Jump to search The sole species of scops owl known from Lombok has long been assigned to the widespread Moluccan Scops Owl Otus magicus on the basis of superficial similarities in morphology.

The only bird species endemic to the island, it was first discovered in September 2003 and was formally described in 2013.