Wallaces Scops Owl (Otus silvicola)

Wallaces Scops Owl

[order] STRIGIFORMES | [family] Strigidae | [latin] Otus silvicola | [authority] Wallace, 1864 | [UK] Wallaces Scops Owl | [FR] Petit duc des forets | [DE] Wallaceeule | [ES] Autillo de Wallace | [NL] Wallace’s Dwergooruil


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Otus silvicola AU Lesser Sundas


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

Facial disc tan with pale eyebrows, the eartufts are brown with buff. Underparts white with definite dark streaks on breast, with white chin. Wings dark buff with whitish tips. Iris orange.

Listen to the sound of Wallaces Scops Owl

[audio:http://www.planetofbirds.com/MASTER/STRIGIFORMES/Strigidae/sounds/Wallaces Scops Owl.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 23 cm size max.: 25 cm
incubation min.: 0 days incubation max.: 0 days
fledging min.: 0 days fledging max.: 0 days
broods: 0   eggs min.: 0  
      eggs max.: 0  


Australasia : Lesser Sundas


Semi-evergreen forest, forest edges and submontane forest with bamboo thickets. Also in urban or agricultural areas. Ranges from 350m to 1600m elevation.


No data

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.
Wallaces Scops Owl status Least Concern



Distribution map

Wallaces Scops Owl distribution range map

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *