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Species of Thailand

White-fronted scops owl

Thai: นกเค้าหน้าผากขาว, nok khao naphak khaw

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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Scientific classification

Otus sagittatus

Common names

  • Thai: นกเค้าหน้าผากขาว, nok khao naphak khaw

Conservation status

Vulnerable (IUCN3.1)

Vulnerable (IUCN3.1)

Range map of Otus sagittatus in Thailand

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