Flores Scops Owl (Otus alfredi)

Flores Scops Owl

[order] STRIGIFORMES | [family] Strigidae | [latin] Otus alfredi | [authority] Hartert, 1897 | [UK] Flores Scops Owl | [FR] Petit duc de Flores | [DE] Floreseule | [ES] Autillo de Flores | [NL] Flores-dergooruil


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Otus alfredi AU Flores


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.

Physical charateristics

a small compact scops owl; short, rounded ear tufts; solidly rufous face with distinct white eyebrows but no black border to the facial disk; rufous-brown on the breast and flanks becoming finely vermiculated on the lower flanks and belly; underparts lacking black streaking; solidly rufous upperparts; and rufous-brown wing feathers with distinct white scapular markings and small, well-spaced, pale notches on the primaries. Additional characters noted include yellow irides, legs and feet.

Listen to the sound of Flores Scops Owl

[audio:http://www.planetofbirds.com/MASTER/STRIGIFORMES/Strigidae/sounds/Flores Scops Owl.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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Australasia : Flores. Flores Scops Owl Otus alfredi is a little-known species
endemic to the island of Flores, Indonesia. Otus alfredi is endemic to the island of Flores, Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, where it is known from just two localities in the western mountains. Originally collected on Gunung Repok in 1896 in the Todo mountains of south-west Flores, it was not seen again until 1994, when a single juvenile was mist-netted and collected at 1400 m on the northern slopes of Poco Mandasawu in the Ruteng mountains, and an adult was mist-netted at Danau Ranamese at 1200 m in the Ruteng mountains.


Mountain forest above 1000 meter


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Feeding habits

No data

Video Flores Scops Owl


copyright: Chris and Megan Perkins


This owl is known from only two locations in a very small range which is severely fragmentated and within which the habitat and population is in decline as a result of continuing habitat loss and degradation. For these reasons it is classified as Endangered.
Forest loss and fragmentation (chiefly as a result of shifting cultivation, dry season burn-off and road-building) is already extensive on Flores, with remaining forest tracts generally confined to steep-sided valleys and higher peaks. This species has a remarkably small known range, and most primary forest has been cleared or degraded in the mountains outside of Ruteng Nature Recreation Park
Flores Scops Owl status Endangered


It is assumed to be resident, but may perhaps make local altitudinal movements

Distribution map

Flores Scops Owl distribution range map

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