Eurasian Scops Owl

It breeds in open woodland, parks and gardens. It lays 3-6 eggs in a tree hole. This is a small owl, and at 19-21 cm length and a 47-54 cm wingspan is not as large as the Little Owl. It takes small prey such as insects and other invertebrates. It is largely nocturnal.

The Eurasian 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.

the Eurasian Scops Owl have been found at S'Onix on the Spanish island Majorca. The scops-and-screech-owl lineage probably evolved at some time during the Miocene (like most other genera of typical owls), and the three (see below) modern lineages separated perhaps roughly 5 million years ago. Note that there is no reliable estimate of divergence time, as Otus and Megascops are osteologically very similar, as is to be expected from a group that has apparently conserved its ecomorphology since before its evolutionary radiation. More

For the purposes of our bird news services, Eurasian Scops Owl is classed as Mega: species which have not yet occurred in the British Isles or are exceedingly rare, or are otherwise highly desirable. hide section Most recent UK and Irish reports of Eurasian Scops Owl Mega 12:55 01/06/08 Eurasian Scops Owl Scilly St. More

STATUS: The Eurasian Scops owl is considered Rare in Central Europe, Common in the Mediterranean, and Seriously Threatened in Ukraine. It is listed by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species as Appendix III (Endangered) in Tunisia. THREATS: Unknown Even with its crisply mottled plumage and distinct cowl, the Eurasian Scops owl blends in with the tree canopy of the woodlands, orchards, juniper scrub, and riverine forests where it makes its home. More

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Picture of Otus scops above has been licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.
Original source: Bernd Kirschner
Author: Bernd Kirschner
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Order : Strigiformes
Family : Strigidae
Genus : Otus
Species : scops
Authority : (Linnaeus, 1758)