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Seychelles Scops Owl ~ Otus insularis


The Seychelles Scops Owl is a very small owl with tiny, barely visible ear-tufts. It is also known as the Bare-legged Scops Owl.


Distribution: Endemic to the Seychelles Archipelago. Originally present on most of the islands, but now only on Mahé.

Range of Seychelles Scops Owl (Otus insularis)
Range of the Seychelles Scops Owl Otus insularis

Status: Extremely rare. Listed as Endangered by BirdLife International.

Original Description: Tristram, Henry Baker. 1880. Ibis, 4th Series, vol. 4, p. 458-459, pl. 14.

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 insularis at Xeno-canto.

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

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