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Sep 07 2011

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Sandy Scops Owl (Otus icterorhynchus)

Sandy Scops Owl

[order] STRIGIFORMES | [family] Strigidae | [latin] Otus icterorhynchus | [authority] Shelley, 1873 | [UK] Sandy Scops Owl | [FR] Petit duc fauve | [DE] Gelbschnabel-Eule | [ES] Autillo Piquigualdo | [NL] Zandbruine Dwergooruil

Subspecies

Monotypic species

Genus

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

Head and upperparts cinnamon brown with bars and spots of buff and white. shoulder stripe white. Edges of wings barred whitish-buffy. Facial disc cinnamon with pale eyebrows. Underparts cinnamon rufous with dark streaks. Pale yellow eyes and bill.

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Range

Africa : West, Central

Habitat

Lowland evergreen forest, open canopy forest and shrub, open forest mosaic land.

Reproduction

No data

Feeding habits

Prabably all insects like grasshoppers and cricekts. Hunts crespecular.

Conservation

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.
Sandy Scops Owl status Least Concern

Migration

Sedentary

Distribution map

Sandy Scops Owl distribution range map

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