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Anjouan Scops Owl ~ Otus capnodes


The Anjouan Scops Owl is a small owl with barely visible ear-tufts. This species was rediscovered in 1992 after having not been seen since 1886.

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  • Anjouan Scops Owl
  • Anjouan Scops Owl


Distribution: Endemic to Anjouan Island in the Comoros Archipelago, northwest of Madagascar.

Range of Anjouan Scops Owl (Otus capnodes)
Range of the Anjouan Scops Owl Otus capnodes

Status: Listed as Endangered by BirdLife International.

Original Description: Gurney, John Henry. 1889. Ibis, 6th Series, vol. 1, p. 104-107.

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 capnodes at Xeno-canto.

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

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