||Image of a Madagascar Long-eared Owl (Asio madagascariensis) from "Birds of the Indian Ocean Islands" (Sinclair and Langrand 1998)|
|When I first saw this stamp, I thought it might show the
Madagascar Scops Owl (Otus rutilus). However while checking in "Birds
of the Indian Ocean" I noticed the other owl found on the island with ear
tufts, the Madagascar Long-eared Owl (Asio madagascariensis) had a call
which was described as 'Kahaan-kahaan-Kahaan'. In "Birds of Prey
of Africa and its Islands" (Kemp & Kemp 1998) the call is described
as 'han-kan han-kan han-kan' and the same illustration, by Peter Hayman,
is used but is much more rufous than the one above. I suggest that
the bird is named locally after its call.
Does anyone have a further comments for the "Hanka"?
|Added 6th September, 1999||