Members of the genus Otus are the Scops and Screech owls. They are relatively small owls, with short, rounded wings. Most have erectile ear-tufts. Otus is a worldwide genus, containing some 45 species.
It is distinguished from the Oriental Scops (the only other Scops owl found in the Andamans) by unstreaked under and upper parts and has a different call. The adult occurs in brown and rufous morphs.
Listen to the sound of Andaman Scops Owl
[audio:http://www.planetofbirds.com/MASTER/STRIGIFORMES/Strigidae/sounds/Andaman Scops Owl.mp3]
Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto
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Video Andaman Scops Owl
copyright: Josep del Hoyo
Otus balli is an endemic resident in the Andaman islands, India, where it was common, at least early in the twentieth century. Its current status is unclear, although it appears to be easily found and therefore probably common. There seems little reason to expect its population to be under immediate threat given its tolerance of disturbed areas