Rajah Scops Owl (Otus brookii)

Rajah Scops Owl

[order] STRIGIFORMES | [family] Strigidae | [latin] Otus brookii | [authority] Sharpe, 1892 | [UK] Rajah Scops Owl | [FR] Petit duc radjah | [DE] Radschaeule | [ES] Autillo Raja | [NL] Radjah-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

Brown overall. Conspicuous eartufts with white on innerside. Upperparts rusty wit hdark bars and streaks and some creamy spots. White collar on hind neck and mantle. Breast light rufous and cream with black streaks. Iris, bill and feet yellow.

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size min.: 22 cm size max.: 24 cm
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Oriental Region : Sumatra, Borneo


Montane forest between 1200m and 2400m.


No data

Feeding habits

Little data, mainly insects including moths. Found to digest a frog.

Video Rajah Scops Owl


copyright: Mike Edgecombe


Although this species may have a restricted range, it is not believed to 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.
Rajah Scops Owl status Least Concern


Resident and sedentary, young show some dispersal.

Distribution map

Rajah Scops Owl distribution range map

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