Sulawesi Scops Owl (Otus manadensis)

Sulawesi Scops Owl

[order] STRIGIFORMES | [family] Strigidae | [latin] Otus manadensis | [authority] Quoy and Gaimard, 1830 | [UK] Sulawesi Scops Owl | [FR] Petit duc de Manado | [DE] Manadoeule | [ES] Autillo de Celebes | [NL] Sulawesi-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

The tarsus of this small owlet is completely leathered over the joint with the toes; the iris is orange-yellow. Upperparts normally sepia or fuscous; there is also a brownish red phase. Usually the chest has a ground color similar to, or more rufous than the back. The underparts are boldly but sparsely streaked on a white background, with freckled crossbars on the wings.

Listen to the sound of Sulawesi Scops Owl

[audio: Scops Owl.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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Australasia : Sulawesi


Humid forest, forest edges and clearings. Lowlands and hills up to 2000m


Breeding starts just before the rainy season, hardly any data available.

Feeding habits

Mainly insects, little known

Video Sulawesi Scops Owl


copyright: Josep del Hoyo


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.
Sulawesi Scops Owl status Least Concern



Distribution map

Sulawesi Scops Owl distribution range map

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