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Ryukyu Scops Owl - Otus elegans

Also known as Elegant Scops Owl

Calls - Otus elegans
Typical male Lanyu Island (Otus elegans botelensis) © Lars Koerner
Typical male Responding to imitation during the day - Taiwan. © Wayne Hsu

Status: Common on Nanseishoto. Widespread on Amami, northern Okinawa and Iriomote. Possibly endangered on Lanyu.

Original Description: Cassin, John. 1852. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 6, p. 185-186.

Subspecies: O. e. elegans, O. e. calayensis, O. e. interpositus, O. e. botelensis


König, Weick and Becking. 1999. "Owls: A Guide to the Owls of the World". Yale University Press

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Page compiled by . Page last updated 2006-10-19 Owl Species ID: 030.290.000

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