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Socotra Scops Owl ~ Otus socotranus


The Socotra Scops Owl is a tiny owl with small, blunt ear-tufts that are often barely visible. It was formerly treated as a subspecies of the Pallid or African Scops Owl.


Distribution: Endemic to Socotra Island to the northeast of Somalia.

Range of Socotra Scops Owl (Otus socotranus)
Range of the Socotra Scops Owl Otus socotranus

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

Original Description: Ogilvie-Grant & Forbes. 1899. Bulletin of the Liverpool Museum, 2, p. 2.

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 socotranus at Xeno-canto.

See also: Other owls from The Middle East, Genus: Otus.

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