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Central Indian forests

Country/Territory India
Area 0 km2
Altitude 0 - 0m
Priority -
Habitat loss -
Knowledge -

General characteristics

This Secondary Area is defined by the range of Forest Owlet Athene blewitti (classified as Critical) which occurs (or occurred) in eastern Madhya Pradesh, north-west Maharashtra and north-west Orissa in India, where it was recorded in moist deciduous forest and wild mango groves, sometimes near streams. It is known only from specimens collected before 1884, as the only specimen record during the twentieth century (from Gujarat in 1914) has been proved to be fraudulent, and no sight records or photographs are acceptable (Ripley 1976, Ali and Ripley 1987, Rasmussen and Collar in prep. a,b). There is thus no information on whether it occurs in any protected areas (see IUCN 1992c), or on the extent to which it has been affected by forest loss.

Restricted-range species


Species IUCN Category
Forest Owlet (Athene blewitti) EN

Important Bird Areas (IBAs)
IBA Code Site Name Country
Mahendri Reserve Forest India
IN162 Melghat Tiger Reserve India
IN170 Taloda Reserve Forest India
IN173 Toranmal Reserve Forest India

Threat and conservation


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Endemic Bird Areas factsheet: Central Indian forests. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 05/02/2023.