Simeulue Scops Owl (Otus umbra)

Simeulue Scops Owl

[order] STRIGIFORMES | [family] Strigidae | [latin] Otus umbra | [authority] Richmond, 1903 | [UK] Simeulue Scops Owl | [FR] Petit duc de Simalur | [DE] Simalureule | [ES] Autillo de la Simeulue | [NL] Mentawi-dwergooruil


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Otus umbra OR Simeulue 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

Reddish brown small owl with short eartufts. Plain rufous facial disc. Upperparts with black spots. Flight feathers and tail barred. Underparts somewhat paler than upper with whitish spots, rufous barring and some black streaks. Iris dark yellow, bill and feet grey.

Listen to the sound of Simeulue Scops Owl

[audio: Scops Owl.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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Oriental Region : Simeulue Island


This species favours forest edge and remnants, especially on coasts, as well as clove plantations


No data

Feeding habits

Mostly insects.

Video Simeulue Scops Owl


copyright: Martin Kennewell


This species is listed as Near Threatened because, although it is very poorly known, there are some indications that its small range supports a moderately small, fragmented population, which may be undergoing a continuing decline owing to forest degradation. Further information may indicate it is more threatened.
Otus umbra is endemic to Simeulue Island, off north-west Sumatra, Indonesia. Reports as to its status differ, from rare, or possibly rare, to not uncommon
Simeulue Scops Owl status Near Threatened


Presumed sedentary

Distribution map

Simeulue Scops Owl distribution range map

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