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Threats are caused by humans for habitat clearance for agriculture, timber extraction and and charcoal manufactures , human disturbance and invasion by exotic plants, brought in black rat and severe cyclones that hit the island.
it is believed to be extinct since no sighting since 1886, but then it had been rediscovered in 1992 . It is declared as Critically Endangered in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN),and on CITES Appendix II,The Anjouan scops owl population is less than 400.
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