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Siau Scops Owl ~ Otus siaoensis


The Siau Scops Owl is a very small owl with ear-tufts. While recognised as a distinct species by the International Ornithological Congress, others consider it as a subspecies of either the Sulawesi Scops Owl Otus manadensis or Moluccan Scops Owl Otus magicus.


Distribution: Siau Island, north of Sulawesi.

Range of Siau Scops Owl (Otus siaoensis)
Range of the Siau Scops Owl Otus siaoensis

Status: Listed as 'Critically Endangered' by Birdlife International.

Original Description: Schlegel, 1873.

References: (may contain affiliate links)
BirdLife International. 2020. "IUCN Red List of Threatened Species". IUCN.
International Ornithological Congress. 2023. "IOC World Bird List - Owls".
Otus siaoensis at Xeno-canto.

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

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