The forest owlet (Athene blewitti) is an endangered owl that is endemic to the forests of central India. The species belongs to the typical owls family, Strigidae. First described in 1873, it was not sighted after 1884 and considered extinct. It was rediscovered in 1997 by Pamela Rasmussen. Searches for the species in the locality given on the label of the last collected specimen failed, and it was discovered that the specimen had been stolen from the British Museum by Richard Meinertzhagen and resubmitted with a label bearing false locality information. It is known from a small number of localities and the populations are very low within the fragmented and shrinking forests of central India.
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