Q. With reference to the Annobon scops-owl, consider the following statements:
1. It is endemic to Western Ghats of India.
2. It has been classified as ‘critically endangered’ under IUCN Red list.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: B
  • The Annobon scops-owl has an estimated population of fewer than 250 and is restricted to Annobon Island off West Africa. (Statement 1 is incorrect 
  • Recently, it has been classified as ‘critically endangered’ because of rapid habitat loss and degradation. (Statement 2 is correct) 

Source: Raptor attention: 160 species of birds of prey endangered worldwide