Tyto pollens

name = Bahaman Barn Owl

image_caption = Artist's reconstruction
status = EX
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Aves
ordo = Strigiformes
familia = Tytonidae
genus = "Tyto"
species = †"T. pollens"
binomial = †"Tyto pollens"

"Tyto pollens", also known as Andros Island Barn Owl, Bahaman Barn Owl, Bahaman Great Owl, or "Chickcharnie," was a 1 metre tall, flightless barn owl that lived in the old-growth pine forests of Andros Island. It made its nests in burrows.

When the island of Andros was colonized by Europeans and their slaves in the 16th century, the owls coexisted with humans, at least until the forests were felled. The destruction of the original forests was the main cause of "T. pollens"' extinction.


Scholars believe that "T. pollens" inspired the legend of the "Chickcharnie," a malicious, bird-like dwarf with glowing red eyes, three-toed feet, and a head that could rotate in any direction that was said to haunt the forests of Andros by early settlers.

External links

* [http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/publications/gtr343/GTR-343c.pdf Extinct and Endangered Owls of Old Forests]

See also

*Late Quaternary prehistoric birds
*Extinct birds
*Fossil birds
*List of extinct animals
*Prehistoric life
*Flightless birds

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