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Species of Thailand

Mountain scops owl

In 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 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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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Strigiformes
Family
Strigidae
Genus
Otus
Species
Otus spilocephalus

Common names

  • Thai: นกเค้าภูเขา, nok khao phu khao

Synonyms

  • Otus stresemanni

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Range Map

Distribution map of Mountain scops owl, Otus spilocephalus in Thailand
Range map of Otus spilocephalus in Thailand