Thai National Parks

Due to COVID-19 outbreak, all national parks, wildlife sactuaries and other protected forest areas in Thailand are closed from 25th March until further notice. Some popular tourist destinations like Similan Islands, Surin Islands are within national parks, they too are closed. We will announce from here when the parks reopen.

Birds of Thailand

Species of Thailand

Mountain scops owl

Thai: นกเค้าภูเขา, nok khao phu khao

Binomial name: Otus spilocephalus, Edward Blyth, 1846

The mountain scops owl (Otus spilocephalus), sometimes referred to as the spotted scops owl, is a species of owl in the Strigidae family. It is locally common in its main habitat which covers some parts of Asia, including Bhutan, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Taiwan, and Thailand. It has a short high-pitched call similar to the sound a radar makes.

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Scientific classification

Otus spilocephalus

Common names

  • Thai: นกเค้าภูเขา, nok khao phu khao


  • Otus stresemanni

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

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Distribution map of Mountain scops owl, Otus spilocephalus in Thailand

Range map of Otus spilocephalus in Thailand

Important note; our range maps are based on limited data we have collected. The data is not necessarily accurate or complete.

Special thanks to Ton Smits, Parinya Pawangkhanant, Ian Dugdale and many others for their contribution for range data.

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