Behold The Rainbow Owl, Rare Species, Urban Legend or Groupthink?
When the Internet netizens of Facebook recently uncovered the rarest of owls, they were quick to go viral with the news. However upon closer scrutiny, the origins of said bird appears to be suspect. When Snopes.com reported that the Rainbow Owl hailed from both U.S. and China, one would have to wonder how the same unique species (unheard of before now) could have possibly popped up on opposite hemispheres of the globe, at the same time?
Oriental Bird Club Image Database : Sri Lankan Blue Magpie » Urocissa ornata
The Sri Lanka Blue Magpie or Ceylon Magpie (Urocissa ornata), a member of the crow family, is endemic to the hill forests of Sri Lanka. (Photo © Christoph Moning)
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