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Karthala Scops Owl ~ Otus pauliani


The Karthala Scops Owl is a very small owl with barely visible ear-tufts. It is also known as the Grand Comoro Scops Owl.

Photo Gallery (2 pictures)

  • Karthala Scops Owl
  • Karthala Scops Owl

Sound Gallery

Typical call - Mvouni, Grande Comore. August 2012. CC Charles Davies.


Distribution: Endemic to the Island of Grande Comore, northwest of Madagascar, where it is restricted to Mount Karthala.

Range of Karthala Scops Owl (Otus pauliani)
Range of the Karthala Scops Owl Otus pauliani

Status: Listed as Endangered by BirdLife International.

Original Description: Benson, Constantine Walter. 1960. Ibis 103B, p. 60-66.

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 pauliani at Xeno-canto.

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

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