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Moluccan Scops Owl ~ Otus magicus


The Moluccan Scops Owl is a small owl with short but prominent ear-tufts.

Photo Gallery (4 pictures)

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  • Moluccan Scops Owl
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Sound Gallery

Typical call - Halmahera, Indonesia. © Dave Farrow.


Distribution: Lesser Sundas, Moluccas, and possibly the Aru Islands.

Range of Moluccan Scops Owl (Otus magicus)
Range of the Moluccan Scops Owl Otus magicus

Status: Locally common in many areas.

Original Description: Müller, Salomon. 1841. Verhandelingen over de Natuurlijke Geschiedenis der Nederlandsche Overzeesche Bezittingen [Annals of the Natural History of the Dutch Overseas Possessions], Pt. 4, p. 110.

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 magicus at Xeno-canto.

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

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