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Sandy Scops Owl ~ Otus icterorhynchus


The Sandy Scops Owl is a very small owl with ear-tufts. It is also known as the Cinnamon Scops Owl.


Distribution: Patchy distribution from Liberia to Gabon and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Range of Sandy Scops Owl (Otus icterorhynchus)
Range of the Sandy Scops Owl Otus icterorhynchus

Status: Listed as 'Least Concern' by Birlife International.

Original Description: Shelley, Capt. George Ernest. 1873. Ibis, 3rd Series, vol. 3: p 138.

References: (may contain affiliate links)
BirdLife International. 2020. "IUCN Red List of Threatened Species". IUCN.
International Ornithological Congress. 2023. "IOC World Bird List - Owls".
König, Claus & Weick, Friedhelm. 2008. "Owls: A Guide to the Owls of the World (Second Edition)". Yale University Press.
Otus icterorhynchus at Xeno-canto.

See also: Other owls from Africa, Genus: Otus.

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