Madagascar Scops-Owl

The Malagasy Scops-owl , also known as the Rainforest Scops-owl, is a species of owl in the Strigidae family. It is found in a large part of eastern Madagascar, but the exact distribution limits between it and the Torotoroka Scops-owl , with which it was long considered conspecific, require further study. The natural habitat of the Malagasy Scops-owl is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

The Madagascar Scops-Owl is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

Madagascar scops-owl (Otus rutilus) is found, as its name implies, throughout Madagascar. The Puerto Rican screech owl (Otus nudipes) is found in Puerto Rico, is thought to be extinct on the Island of Vieques, and may be found on Culebra Island and the Virgin Islands. (Indeed, this is a classic case of how little is really known about many species of owls, particularly the scops-owls. More

Order : Strigiformes
Family : Strigidae
Genus : Otus
Species : rutilus
Authority : (Pucheran, 1849)