Sep 26, 2020

Wounded spotted wood owl returned to environmental authorities

The PCSDS Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Unit (WTMU) and Enforcement Team said the owl has a length of 44 centimeters from head to tail, a wingspan of 72 centimeters, and weighed more or less 1.2 kilograms.

This endangered wounded adult spotted wood owl (Strix seloputo) was surrendered Saturday to the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS) by an environmental management graduate in Palawan. The nocturnal bird has a wound on its right wing. (Photo courtesy of PCSDS)

An environmental management graduate in Palawan turned over to the local authorities a wounded adult spotted wood owl (Strix seloputo), an endangered species, on Saturday.

The Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD), in a report issued Saturday afternoon, said that a certain Mylene T. Ledesma, an alumnae of Western Philippine University (WPU) and a resident of Barangay Ramon Magsaysay in Aborlan town, surrendered to the PCSD Staff a wounded owl that “seemed weak and was not able to fly nor move away from its position”.

The spotted wood owl was first seen by Ledesma’s mother and older sister lying on the ground with an apparent deep wound on its right wing.

The spotted wood owl belongs to the genus Strix, seen the edges of forests. (Photo courtesy of PCSDS)

The PCSDS Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Unit (WTMU) and Enforcement Team said the owl has a length of 44 centimeters from head to tail, a wingspan of 72 centimeters, and weighed more or less 1.2 kilograms.

The endangered bird was transported to a facility for proper medical attention.

The Spotted Wood Owl is listed as an “Endangered Species” under PCSD Resolution No. 15-521 and is protected under Republic Act No. 9147, or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.

The wild bird is usually seen in regions surrounding Borneo. Its known subspecies, Strix seloputo wiepkini, is endemic in Calamian Islands, northeast of Palawan province.

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