Sandy Scops Owl (Otus icterorhynchus)

Sandy Scops Owl

[order] STRIGIFORMES | [family] Strigidae | [latin] Otus icterorhynchus | [authority] Shelley, 1873 | [UK] Sandy Scops Owl | [FR] Petit duc fauve | [DE] Gelbschnabel-Eule | [ES] Autillo Piquigualdo | [NL] Zandbruine 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

Head and upperparts cinnamon brown with bars and spots of buff and white. shoulder stripe white. Edges of wings barred whitish-buffy. Facial disc cinnamon with pale eyebrows. Underparts cinnamon rufous with dark streaks. Pale yellow eyes and bill.

Listen to the sound of Sandy Scops Owl

[audio: Scops Owl.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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Africa : West, Central


Lowland evergreen forest, open canopy forest and shrub, open forest mosaic land.


No data

Feeding habits

Prabably all insects like grasshoppers and cricekts. Hunts crespecular.


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.
Sandy Scops Owl status Least Concern



Distribution map

Sandy Scops Owl distribution range map

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