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Pemba Scops Owl ~ Otus pembaensis


The Pemba Scops Owl is a very small owl with short ear-tufts.

Photo Gallery (2 pictures)

  • Pemba Scops Owl
  • Pemba Scops Owl

Sound Gallery

Typical call - Ngezi Forest, Pemba Island. July 2011. CC Charles Davies.


Distribution: Endemic to Pemba Island off northern Tanzania.

Range of Pemba Scops Owl (Otus pembaensis)
Range of the Pemba Scops Owl Otus pembaensis

Status: Locally common. Listed as Vulnerable by Birdlife International.

Original Description: Pakenham, Richard Hercules Wingfield. 1937. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club (BBOC) 57: p. 112-114.

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 pembaensis at Xeno-canto.

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

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