Palawan Scops Owl (Otus fuliginosus)

Palawan Scops Owl

[order] STRIGIFORMES | [family] Strigidae | [latin] Otus fuliginosus | [authority] Sharpe, 1888 | [UK] Palawan Scops Owl | [FR] Petit duc fuligineux | [DE] Palawan-Halsbandeule | [ES] Autillo de Palawan | [NL] Palawandwergooruil


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Otus fuliginosus 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

Light rufous facial disk, upperparts dark red-brown with black vermiculations. Pale collar on back of neck. pale buff spotted dark below. Iris orange-brown, bill horn color and feet greyish yellow,

Listen to the sound of Palawan Scops Owl

[audio: Scops Owl.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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Oriental Region : Philippines


It is a bird of lowland forest, but can adapt to mixed cultivation and plantations


No data

Feeding habits

Primarily insects.

Video Palawan Scops Owl


copyright: Eldert Groenewoud


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 forest loss. However, little is currently known about the population size and structure of, and threats to, this species, and further research is warranted.
Otus fuliginosus is endemic to the Philippines where it is known from Palawan and the adjacent islands of Alabagin and Balabac, with an unconfirmed report from Calauit. On Palawan, there are records from Kinalaykayan and Dicabaitot, St Paul’s Subterranean River National Park, Cleopatra’s Needle, Buenavista, Iwahig Penal Colony, vicinity of Puerto Princesa, Quezon at Tabon, Singnapan at Kabasakan, Pinikpikan and Tining-luan, Taguso, Mt Mantalingajan at Pinigisan and Tigwayan, Batarasa. Although described as rare and evidently a bird of lowland forest, the emerging evidence from a knowledge of its voice is that it is much commoner and more widespread than supposed
Palawan Scops Owl status Near Threatened


Presumed sedentary

Distribution map

Palawan Scops Owl distribution range map

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