A Study of Ecology, Distribution and Demography of the Critically Endangered Forest Owlet Heteroglaux blewitti in Burhanpur and Khandwa Forest Divisions, Madhya Pradesh awarded to Wildlife Research and Conservation Society, Pune. Principal Investigator: Dr. Prachi Mehta.
The purpose of this long term study is to understand ecological requirement of Forest Owlet and to assist the Madhya Pradesh Forest Department in planning a suitable habitat management programme for conservation of the Critically Endangered Forest Owlet in Madhya Pradesh.
This study commenced in December 2012 and preliminary survey was carried out to assess the distribution of the Forest Owlet in Khandwa and Burhanpur Districts of Madhya Pradesh. From December to March 2013, 50 grids of 2 km x 2km were surveyed and 27 individuals including 2 juvenile forest owlets were located in Khandwa District. From March to June 2013, East Kalibhit Range of Khandwa Division was selected as an intensive study area. At Present 19 grids are being monitored for assessing occupancy of Forest Owlet in the area.