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Japanese Scops Owl ~ Otus semitorques


The Japanese Scops Owl is a small owl with long, prominent ear-tufts.

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Distribution: Southeast Siberia to Japan.

Range of Japanese Scops Owl (Otus semitorques)
Range of the Japanese Scops Owl Otus semitorques

Status: Widespread, not uncommon.

Original Description: Temminck, Coenraad Jacob, & Schlegel, Hermann. 1842. In Sieboldt, Fauna Japonica, Aves, p. 24, pl. 8.

References: (may contain affiliate links)
Birdlife International. 2020. "Birdlife International Data Zone".
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 semitorques at Xeno-canto.

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

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