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Ryukyu Scops Owl ~ Otus elegans


The Ryukyu Scops Owl is a very small owl with relatively long ear-tufts. It is also known as the Elegant Scops Owl.

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  • Ryukyu Scops Owl

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Typical calls - Ishigaki Island, Japan. June 2013. CC Frank Lambert.


Distribution: Ryukyu and Daito Islands south of Japan, Lanyu Island off southeast Taiwan, and Batan, Calayan and other small islands north of Luzon in the Philippines.

Status: Common on Nanseishoto. Widespread on Amami, northern Okinawa and Iriomote. Possibly endangered on Lanyu.

Original Description: Cassin, John. 1852. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 6, p. 185-186.

König, Claus & Weick, Friedhelm. 2008. "Owls: A Guide to the Owls of the World (Second Edition)". Yale University Press.

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

Page by Deane Lewis. Last updated 2015-09-24.