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Species of Thailand

Mountain scops owl

Otus spilocephalus, Edward Blyth, 1846

(In Thai: นกเค้าภูเขา)

The mountain scops owl (Otus spilocephalus), sometimes referred to as the spotted scops owl, is a species of owl in the family Strigidae. It is locally common in its main habitat which covers some parts of Asia, including Bangladesh Bhutan, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Taiwan, and Thailand. It has a short high-pitched call.Their call sounds like a two-note whistle, “plew-plew” or “he-he” and female's songs are rarely heard. There calls can also vary from different populations allowing one to determine the a birds origin.

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Category / Seasonal Status

BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years

BCST Seasonal status: Resident or presumed resident

Scientific classification

Otus spilocephalus

Common names

  • Thai: นกเค้าภูเขา


  • Otus stresemanni

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)


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Mountain scops owl

Range Map

Distribution map of Mountain scops owl, Otus spilocephalus in Thailand
  • Chiang Dao District, Chiang Mai
  • Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Doi Lang
  • Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
  • Doi Phu Kha National Park
  • Doi Suthep - Pui National Park
  • Huai Nam Dang National Park
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Khao Luang National Park
  • Khao Soi Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Sok National Park
  • Khao Yai National Park
  • Khon San District, Chaiyaphum
  • Kui Buri National Park
  • Mae Moei National Park
  • Mae Wong National Park
  • Nam Nao National Park
  • Pha Daeng National Park
  • Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Phu Suan Sai National Park
  • Sri Phang-nga National Park
  • Taksin Maharat National Park
  • Thale Ban National Park
  • Tham Sakoen National Park
  • Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary
Range map of Otus spilocephalus in Thailand