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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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.