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Philippine Scops Owl ~ Otus megalotis


The Philippine Scops Owl is a medium-sized owl with long ear-tufts. It is also known as Whitehead's Scops Owl or the Luzon Lowland Scops Owl.

Photo Gallery (5 pictures)

  • Philippine Scops Owl
  • Philippine Scops Owl
  • Philippine Scops Owl
  • Philippine Scops Owl
  • Philippine Scops Owl

Sound Gallery

Typical call - Subic Bay, Luzon, Philippines. 2007. CC Desmond Allen.


Distribution: Luzon, Marinduque and the Catanduanes Islands in the Philippines.

Range of Philippine Scops Owl (Otus megalotis)
Range of the Philippine Scops Owl Otus megalotis

Status: Locally common. Listed as 'Least Concern' by Birdlife International.

Original Description: Walden. 1875. Transactions of the Zoological Society of London, no. 9, p. 145.

References: (may contain affiliate links)
BirdLife International. 2020. "IUCN Red List of Threatened Species". IUCN.
del Hoyo, Elliott & Sargatal. 1999. "Handbook of the Birds of the World: Barn Owls to Hummingbirds". Buteo Books.
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 megalotis at Xeno-canto.

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

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