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Monday, 26 February, 2001, 20:36 GMT
New bird discovered in Sri Lanka

A new species of owl has been found in Sri Lanka -- the island's first bird discovery in one-hundred-and-thirty-two years.

The owl, which has yet to be named, was first spotted in January by a local bird-watcher, who'd been tracking its unfamiliar call for several years.

The find has since been confirmed and the owl photographed in the jungle. Ornithologists say it's remarkable the bird should elude discovery until now, as the natural history of the island has been thoroughly documented for more than a century.

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