Long-eared Owl
Marina East Drive
20 Nov 2021


General details
SPECIES
Long-eared Owl Asio otus
RECORD ID 10042
Date 20 Nov 2021
Location Marina East Drive
Count 1 individual
Date added 20 Nov 2021

Committee's view
Background
The committee raised no doubts regarding species identification. Discussions on the provenance of the individual were raised, and the majority voted that the individual in question was likely a ship-assisted individual based on the following justifications.

  1. The Long-eared Owl is not known to be a long-distance migrant, with southernmost range to South China.
  2. Recent records in the region are from hitchhiking birds - one bird on 8 December 2021 along the Eastern Coast of Vietnam and two birds on a ship on 5 November 2019 in the South China Sea.

PS. The committee is currently undergoing a category revamp, and the decision on ship-assisted species have not been made yet. While currently listed under "Cat E" (escapee), we recognise that ship-assisted birds and recently escaped birds have different provenances. The categories will be updated once the committee guidelines are updated.

Vote results Cat A: 2, Cat E: 6
Verdict Accepted/Ship-assisted (Verifiable) (Placed in Cat E)

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Photo credit: CHOO Shiu Ling