Alternative names: Common Scops-Owl; European Scops-Owl
- Otus scops
16–20 cm (6¼-7¾ in)
Small, eared owl with yellow eyes.
Plumage is a grey-buff intricately marked with black, which provides excellent camouflage against tree bark when roosting.
Young birds are more strongly vermiculated than adults.
Five subspecies are recognized:
- O. s. scops:
- O. s. pulchellus:
- Volga River to Lake Baikal and south to Altai and Tien Shan Mountains
- O. s. mallorcae:
- O. s. cycladum:
- O. s. turanicus:
Subspecies cycladum may be included in nominate form.
Open or semi-open woodland, parks, plantations etc. Winters on savannah. Usually not conifers except in parts of Russian range.
Nests in tree-holes and in cavities in rocks and walls.
Mainly insects and other invertebrates but also small lizards, frogs and small mammals.
- 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/
- Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2016. IOC World Bird Names (version 6.3). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Eurasian Scops Owl. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 7 December 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Eurasian_Scops_Owl
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