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Simeulue Scops Owl ~ Otus umbra


The Simeulue Scops Owl is a very small owl with short, prominent ear-tufts. It is also known as the Mentaur Scops Owl.

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  • Simeulue Scops Owl
  • Simeulue Scops Owl


Distribution: Endemic to Simeulue Island off the northwest coast of Sumatra.

Range of Simeulue Scops Owl (Otus umbra)
Range of the Simeulue Scops Owl Otus umbra

Status: Frequent in its limited range. Listed as 'Near Threatened' by Birdlife International.

Original Description: Richmond, Charles Wallace. 1903. Proceedings of the U.S. National Museum, 26, p. 494-495.

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 umbra at Xeno-canto.

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

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