Torotoroka Scops Owl (Otus madagascariensis)

Torotoroka Scops Owl

[order] STRIGIFORMES | [family] Strigidae | [latin] Otus madagascariensis | [authority] Grandidier,A, 1867 | [UK] Torotoroka Scops Owl | [FR] Petit-duc torotoroka | [DE] – | [ES] – | [NL] Torotoroka-dwergooruil


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Otus madagascariensis AF Madagascar


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

No description found,

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Africa : Madagascar


Torotoroka Scops Owl is a common nocturnal species in forest and wooded habitat along western and southern coasts of Madagascar, favoring deciduous forest


Nesting reported in Nests are placed 3-8m above ground in tree cavities, and occasionally in ?abandoned nests’. It will also build a nest on the ground, probably due to a shortage of suitable cavities. Clutch size ranges from 2-5 eggs

Feeding habits

Probably mostly insects and small vertebrates.


Birdlife does not recognize this species.
The Torotoroka Scops-owl (Otus madagascariensis) is a species of owl in the Strigidae family. It is endemic to Madagascar. Its distribution and limits to the Malagasy Scops-owl O. rutilus, with which it was long considered conspecific, require further study



Distribution map

Torotoroka Scops Owl distribution range map

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