Mentawai Scops Owl (Otus mentawi)

Mentawai Scops Owl

[order] STRIGIFORMES | [family] Strigidae | [latin] Otus mentawi | [authority] Chasen and Kloss, 1926 | [UK] Mentawai Scops Owl | [FR] Petit duc de Sipara | [DE] Mentawai-Halsbandeule | [ES] Autillo de las Mentawai | [NL] Sipora-dwergooruil


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Otus mentawi OR Mentawai Archipelago


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

Two morphs, Chestnut colored and dark-brown colored. Eartufts and eyebrows white with dark spots. Upperparts more pale with dark streaks and blotches, underparts paler with longer streaks. Yellow iris and horn colored bill; toes grey.

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Oriental Region : Mentawai Archipelago


It occurs in lowland forest and second growth, including around villages.


No data

Feeding habits

Primarily insects.


This species is listed as Near Threatened because there are some indications that it has a moderately small, fragmented population and range, which are declining owing to human pressures on forest. However, little is currently known about the population size and structure of, and threats to, this species.
Otus mentawi is endemic to larger islands of Mentawai, off west Sumatra, Indonesia. Its status is poorly known, but it may be locally common. Declines are likely owing to habitat conversion, but its ability to persist in human-modified habitats suggests that it is not immediately threatened
Mentawai Scops Owl status Near Threatened


Presumed sedentary

Distribution map

Mentawai Scops Owl distribution range map

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