Mindanao Scops Owl (Otus mirus)

Mindanao Scops Owl

[order] STRIGIFORMES | [family] Strigidae | [latin] Otus mirus | [authority] Ripley and Rabor, 1968 | [UK] Mindanao Scops Owl | [FR] Petit duc de Mindanao | [DE] Mindanaoeule | [ES] Autillo de Mindanao | [NL] Mindanao-dwergooruil


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Otus mirus 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

The owl’s greyish-brown head and upperparts are heavily marked with blackish streaks and blotches, and the whitish underparts are interlaced with a criss-crossed pattern of fine and heavy black lines. At the back of the neck a row of white spots form a distinct collar, and the whitish feathers at the shoulders form two prominent white lines. The ear tufts are reasonably small and whitish, the eyes are brownish-yellow and the bill is greenish-grey

Listen to the sound of Mindanao Scops Owl

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

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Oriental Region : Philippines


The species occurs in montane forests


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Feeding habits

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This species is restricted to montane forests at a few locations on Mindanao where it appears to be rare. Although these forests have not been adversely impacted by logging to date, they may be threatened by future operations, and the species is considered Near Threatened.
The Mindanao scops-owl is endemic to the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, where it has been recorded at four sites: Mount Hilong-hilong, Mount Apo, Mount Kitanglad and Lake Sebu
Mindanao Scops Owl status Near Threatened


Presumed sedentary

Distribution map

Mindanao Scops Owl distribution range map

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