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White-fronted scops owl

Binomial name: Otus sagittatus, John Cassin, 1848

The White-fronted Scops Owl (Otus sagittatus) has a small and declining population about which little is known. It is dependent on lowland and foothill forests which are rapidly being destroyed. This species of owl is considered vulnerable and has a population of about 2,500-10,000. Its range covers 149,000 km of forest from 0–700 meters above sea-level. The main threat to this Asian owl is habitat loss.

The White-fronted Scops Owl has two camouflage modes. One is that is the little owl can puff up its feathers to triple its size. The second is that it can stretch it body upwards and turn its head at an angle in the direction of the thing it's hiding from, to look very thin, almost invisible. When the owl does this it is usually trying to protect itself, its mate, or its brood.

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Videos of White-fronted scops owl

  • White-fronted scops owl

    White-fronted scops owl

  • White-fronted Scops-Owl - Kaeng Krachan National Park

    White-fronted Scops-Owl - Kaeng Krachan National Park

Scientific classification

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

Conservation status

Vulnerable (IUCN3.1)

Vulnerable (IUCN3.1)

White-fronted scops owl

White-fronted scops owl

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Range map of Otus sagittatus in Thailand

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