- Otus cyprius
Principally grey with some rufous feathers on upperside. Upperside grey-brown and black with white spots on nape, scapulars and wing coverts. Bill bluish and eyes yellow.
Eurasian Scops Owl Is usually paler, but the most important difference is difference in voice.
Formerly included in Eurasian Scops Owl
Common in all types of woodland including plantations and gardens. Found at all elevations in Cyprus.
It is unknown if all members of this species are resident or if some migrate outside Cyprus in winter.
Food mainly larger insects such as crickets and grasshoppers, and less commonly also include vertebrates up to the size of a small thrush.
Usually given as series of phrases where each phrase has two sounds, the second slightly lower than the first. Occasionally heard is phrases with three or four notes. Eurasian Scops Owl usually has a single short whistle in each phrase.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Birdforum thread with a discussion of the split of Cyprus Scops Owl from post #25 to at least #42
- Holt, D. W., R. Berkley, C. Deppe, P. L. Enríquez, J. L. Petersen, J. L. Rangel Salazar, K. P. Segars, K. L. Wood, and J. S. Marks (2021). Eurasian Scops-Owl (Otus scops), version 1.1. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.eursco1.01.1
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Cyprus Scops Owl. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 30 November 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Cyprus_Scops_Owl
GSearch checked for 2020 platform.