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Birds of Thailand

Species of Thailand

Sunda scops owl

Binomial name: Otus lempiji, Thomas Horsfield, 1821

The Sunda scops owl (Otus lempiji) is a small brown owl that is speckled with black on the upper parts and streaked with black on the lower parts. It has a light collar and dark eyes. This taxon is considered a subspecies of Otus bakkamoena by some authors.

Description

It grows from 20 to 25 cm and can weigh 100 to 170 grams.

Distribution and habitat

It lives on the Malay Peninsula, Borneo, Sumatra and Java. It is mostly found in forests and gardens but is occasionally attracted to buildings. It mainly consumes insects but will also eat rodents, lizards, and small birds. It is common throughout its range where there is suitable habitat.

Breeding

The Sunda scops owl lines its nest with plant fibre. It will lay up to three eggs in a tree hollow from January to April.

Voice

Its call is a whooping sound every ten to fifteen seconds.

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Scientific classification

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

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Range Map

Distribution map of Sunda scops owl, Otus lempiji in Thailand
Range map of Otus lempiji in Thailand