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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.

Status: Extremely rare and endangered. Listed as Critical by BirdLife International.

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

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

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

Page by Deane Lewis. Last updated 2015-09-25.