Mindoro Scops Owl (Otus mindorensis)

Mindoro Scops Owl

[order] STRIGIFORMES | [family] Strigidae | [latin] Otus mindorensis | [authority] Whitehead, 1899 | [UK] Mindoro Scops Owl | [FR] Petit duc de Mindoro | [DE] Mindoroeule | [ES] Autillo de Mindoro | [NL] Mindoro-dwergooruil


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Otus mindorensis 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

Small owl, plumage dull with fine markings. Upperparts brown with fine darker streaks. Underparts buff with fine streaking, including black-white barring. Tail with narrwo bands.

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Oriental Region : Philippines


It occurs in closed-canopy montane forest above 700 m. It has been recorded recently in patches of highly fragmented second-growth forest within this elevation band


No data

Feeding habits

Primarily insects.


This species is known from forest habitats above 700 m on Mindoro and hence it is assumed to have a moderately small global range which supports a moderately small population. Declines are suspected owing to ongoing clearance of forest habitats, so the species is classified as Near Threatened.
Otus mindorensis is endemic to Mindoro, Philippines, where it is now judged likely to occur throughout the mountains in the centre of the island, and it appears to be common above c.1,000 m. The species was commonly observed recently in Mt Iglit-Baco National Park at 700-900 m
Mindoro Scops Owl status Near Threatened


Presumed sedentary

Distribution map

Mindoro Scops Owl distribution range map

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