Luzon Scops Owl (Otus longicornis)

Luzon Scops Owl

[order] STRIGIFORMES | [family] Strigidae | [latin] Otus longicornis | [authority] Ogilvie-Grant, 1894 | [UK] Luzon Scops Owl | [FR] Petit duc de Luzon | [DE] Luzoneule | [ES] Autillo de Luzon | [NL] Luzon-dwergooruil


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Otus longicornis OR Philippines


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

Facial disk with white eyebrows, long loral plumes barred white with black tips. Pale or white collar. Upperparts bright rufous-buff. Chin and throat whitish. Breast rufous with mottled black. Underparts white with fulvous and rusty-brown mottling. Iris yellow and bill green.

Listen to the sound of Luzon Scops Owl

[audio: Scops Owl.mp3]

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Oriental Region : Philippines


It has been recorded from humid forest in foothills and mountains, and pine forest, from 360 to 1,800 m. Recent records are from lower montane forest at 700-1500 m


A nest with chicks was observed in May. No further data.

Feeding habits

Mostly insects.


This forest-dependent species is listed as Near Threatened because it is assumed to have experienced moderately rapid declines owing to the extensive loss of lowland forests within its range. It is not considered more threatened because it can use secondary habitats and occurs at higher elevations.
Otus longicornis is endemic to Luzon, Philippines, where it is recorded from the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Benguet, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Quezon, Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur. Despite its fairly wide distribution and elevation tolerance, the species is generally uncommon and appears to be sensitive to habitat alteration in the lowlands.
Luzon Scops Owl status Near Threatened


Presumed sedentary

Distribution map

Luzon Scops Owl distribution range map

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