Sunda Scops Owl (Otus lempiji)

Sunda Scops Owl

[order] STRIGIFORMES | [family] Strigidae | [latin] Otus lempiji | [authority] Horsfield, 1821 | [UK] Sunda Scops Owl | [FR] Petit duc a collier | [DE] Halsbandeule | [ES] Autillo de la Sonda | [NL] Gekraagde 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 Sunda Scops Owl (Otus lempiji) is a small brown owl that is speckled with black on the upper parts and streaked with black on the lower parts. It has a light collar and dark eyes

Listen to the sound of Sunda Scops Owl

[audio: Scops Owl.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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Oriental Region : South Thailand, Malaya, Sumatra, Borneo, Java


It lives on the Malay Peninsula and some neighboring islands. It is mostly found in forests and gardens but will occasionally be attracted to buildings.


The Sundra Scops owl lines its nest with plant fiber. It will lay up to 3 eggs in a tree hollow from January to April.

Feeding habits

It mainly consumes insects but will also eat rodents, lizards, and small birds.

Video Sunda Scops Owl


copyright: Josep del Hoyo


Not globally threatened, and very common in some areas.
One of the few species of owl which is actually benefiting from the activities of humans, becaue of its tendency to build nests in vacated buildings
Sunda Scops Owl status Least Concern



Distribution map

Sunda Scops Owl distribution range map

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