Residents of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have been widely circulating a video of 'aliens' found in Visakhapatnam, asking people if the creatures are recognisable.
The video, which seems to have been taken in a construction site, showed two strange looking creatures, with downward-facing beaks, standing upright and looking into the camera.
On social media, many dubbed the creatures as 'aliens' and shared the video in several groups.
Watch the video below.
However, the 'aliens' in question, were nothing but harmless barn owls.
While some had pointed out that they were nothing more than owls, many had questioned the size of the creatures and the way that they were standing upright.
Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Nehru Zoological Park Curator Shivani Dongre said, â€śThey are a beautiful species which are distributed downwards from central India. Their heart shaped faces and downward beaks are characteristics of the species. When birds get attention, they tend to be observant in behaviour which is probably why the birds look alarmed. As it was a construction site, the birds were on a flat surface. If they had a surface to grip on, we could have seen them perch,â€ť said Shivani Dongre.
Many people had also questioned the lack of feathers, to which experts said that they could have been chicks, whose feathers did not grow out yet.
The birds may also have been malnourished or underfed, due to which they seemed slim, and unlike an owl.
According to reports, the barn owl is known for its striking feature of a heart shaped face, and is more than a foot tall.
According to the ENVIS Centre on Wildlife & Protected Areas, which works with the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Govt of India, the barn owl is a protected species under Schedule IV of the Wildlife Protection Act (WPA),1972.