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Mayotte Scops Owl ~ Otus mayottensis


The Mayotte Scops Owl is a small owl with short ear-tufts. It was formerly considered a subspecies of the Madagascar Scops Owl Otus rutilus.

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  • Mayotte Scops Owl
  • Mayotte Scops Owl
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Distribution: Endemic to Mayotte Island in the Comoros Archipelago, northwest of Madagascar.

Range of Mayotte Scops Owl (Otus mayottensis)
Range of the Mayotte Scops Owl Otus mayottensis

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

Original Description: Benson, Constantine Walter. 1960. Ibis 103B, p. 60-63.

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.
Rasmussen, P.C., Schulenberg, T.S., Hawkins, F., and Vaninaboko, R.. 2000. "Geographic variation in the Malagasy Scops-Owl (Otus rutilus auct.): the existence of an unrecognized species on Madagascar and the taxonomy of other Indian Ocean taxa". Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club, 120:75-102..
Otus mayottensis at Xeno-canto.

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

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