Sangihe Scops Owl (Otus collari)

Sangihe Scops Owl

[order] STRIGIFORMES | [family] Strigidae | [latin] Otus collari | [authority] Lambert and Rasmussen, 1998 | [UK] Sangihe Scops Owl | [FR] Petit-duc de Sangihe | [DE] Sangiheeule | [ES] Autillo la Sangihe | [NL] Sangihe-schreeuwuil


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Otus collari AU Sangihe Island


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

A drab brownish, rather small, yellow-eyed scops owl with a horn-brown bill, long narrow wings, a rather long tail, and small pale feet and claws, the latter tipped darker. The eartufts are medium-length with buff spots, black streaks, and elliptical tips; the pale supercilium is rather short; the face shows little contrast, the darkest part being between eye and bill; the upperparts have dark shaft streaks and are prominently spotted buff; the scapular spots are pale buff on the outer web with triangular black tips; the underparts have prominent but mostly fine black shaft-streaking and a finely vermiculated base pattern; the flight feathers are banded dark brown
and buff, but the tertials are not prominently banded; the tail has narrow irresular dark buff bands and wider dark brown bands; and the tarsal feathering ends just above the tarsal joint in front and meets around the rear.

Listen to the sound of Sangihe Scops Owl

[audio: Scops Owl.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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Australasia : South Americangihe Island. The new species is apparently widespread on Sangihe. In southern Sangihe, collari has been reported from the upper slopes of Mt. Sahendaruman, the southwest coast at Manganitu and Mt. Sahengbalira; on the west-central coast, from near Tahuna; and in northern Sangihe, from the northeast coast at Tabukan, and from areas around Telawid, on the lower slopes of Mt. Awu


Forest, mixed plantations and second growth. Also in agriculutural areas with trees, up to 350m.


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Feeding habits

No data


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.
Sangihe Scops Owl status Least Concern



Distribution map

Sangihe Scops Owl distribution range map

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