Moluccan Scops Owl (Otus magicus)

Moluccan Scops Owl

[order] STRIGIFORMES | [family] Strigidae | [latin] Otus magicus | [authority] Muller, 1841 | [UK] Moluccan Scops Owl | [FR] Petit duc mysterieux | [DE] Molukken-Zwergohreule | [ES] Autillo Moluqueno | [NL] Molukse Dwergooruil


Monotypic species


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

Three different morphs, grey-brown, rufous and yellow-brown. Facial disk rufous to grey. short white eyebrowes. crown dark-streaked, upperparts, barred and streaked. flight feathers barred white. Tail with thin pale brown bars. Underparts much paler than upperparts, often seemingly random streaked and barred. Iris yellow.

Listen to the sound of Moluccan Scops Owl

[audio: Scops Owl.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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Australasia : Moluccas, Lesser Sundas


Prefers forest, coastal swamp forest, sometimes in limestone forert and trees in settlements. Found up to 900m, sometimes even 1200m


Nests in tree cavity, no further data.

Feeding habits

Mainly insects, sometimes small vertebrates.

Video Moluccan Scops Owl


copyright: Martin Kennewell


This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Moluccan Scops Owl status Least Concern



Distribution map

Moluccan Scops Owl distribution range map

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