The Blakiston's Fish-owl is the largest and most endangered species in the owl family. The Blakiston's Fish-owl is in a pinch now because both the woods and fish that it feeds on are disappearing.
Body length: 71cm
(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)
Blakiston's Fish-owls live in the parts of Northeast Asia; Russia, China, the Korean Peninsula, and Hokkaido in Japan.
Blakiston's Fish-owls love to have salmon for food and other kinds of fish as well. Sometimes they even catch mice, rabbit, and duck for prey.
Blakiston's Fish-owls leave home at 2 months old. But their parents will continue to look after them for over a year.
The biggest and the most endangered owl
The Blakiston's Fish-owl's nickname is "Philosopher in the wood" because it always seems to be thinking. It is the largest and one of the most endangered species in the owl family. It decreases in number mainly due to forest clearing and construction of dams and fisheries. Blakiston's Fish-owls are losing the wood and the fish they need to live.
Suffering by human activities
Blakiston's Fish-owls have also been hunted or caught in a trap for weasel. Just recently, there are more and more Blakiston's Fish-owls die in train or car accidents. The truth is that they are killed by a variety of human activities. In Hokkaido where several dozen pairs of Blakiston's Fish-owls are said to be remaining, people continue the conservation efforts, like providing food and bird feeders. Despite all such efforts, the total number of Blakiston's Fish-owl is still relatively low because it lacks the natural environment to live without fear.
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