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Oriental scops owl

In Thai: นกเค้าหูยาวเล็ก, nok khao hu yaw lek

Binomial name: Otus sunia, Brian Houghton Hodgson, 1836

The oriental scops owl (Otus sunia) is a species of scops owl found in eastern and southern Asia.

Description

This is a small, variable plumaged, yellow eyed owl with ear-tufts which are not always erect. It can be distinguish from the collared scops owl by its whitish scapular stripe, well marked underparts, and lack of pale collar. There are two colour morphs, grey and rufous; intermediate forms also occur. Sexes are similar in appearance. Individuals may freeze with eyes half closed when disturbed. The species has a repeated liquid call sounding like "tuk tok torok".

Distribution and habitat

The species has an extremely wide distribution across eastern and southern Asia, and is found in dry deciduous forests from Russia to Thailand. The owl nests in holes in trees during February–April.

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Scientific classification

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

Common names

  • Thai: นกเค้าหูยาวเล็ก, nok khao hu yaw lek

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Range Map

Distribution map of Oriental scops owl, Otus sunia in Thailand
Range map of Otus sunia in Thailand