The Madagascar Red Owl is a bird with a heart-shaped face. It is becoming endangered because of deforestation.
Body length: 27.5 - 30 cm
(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)
The Madagascar Red Owl lives in the forest on the island of Madagascar, which is located east of Africa in the Indian Ocean. The entire island of Madagascar makes up the country named the Republic of Madagascar.
The Madagascar Red Owl eats mice and other small mammals, as well as frogs and other similar creatures.
The Madagascar Red Owl sleeps in trees during the day, and is active at night. It has exceedingly good hearing, which allows it to locate prey even in the dark.
A heart-shaped face that forms a parabolic antenna?!
The Madagascar Red Owl is a bird that lives only on the island of Madagascar, located in the Indian Ocean. It is similar to a Barn Owl and a heart-shaped face is one of its characteristics. The shape of the face actually helps it hunt. The Madagascar Red Owl is nocturnal. Its unique face shape acts as a parabolic antenna that concentrates sound, which lets it accurately locate prey even in total darkness.
Forests are getting smaller and smaller...
Today deforestation is a serious problem in Madagascar. This is because lumber is being exported. The Republic of Madagascar is a very poor country, and so it is exchanging its wonderful natural wonders for money. This is greatly reducing the habitat of the Madagascar Red Owl. Wildlife that it depends on for prey is also being reduced, which raises concerns that the Madagascar Red Owl is becoming an endangered species.
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