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Otus magicus
Photo by Ignacio
Location: Halmahera, Indonesia





Wetar Scops Owl was formerly included in this species.


Grey form. Photo © by THE_FERN. Pak Roji's, Halmahera Indonesia, July 2023

Seven subspecies are recognized[1].

  • O. m. morotensis:
  • Northern Moluccas (Morotai and Ternate)
  • O. m. leucospilus:
  • Northern Moluccas (Halmahera, Kasiruta and Bacan)
  • O. m. obira:
  • Obi Island (central Moluccas)
  • O. m. magicus:
  • Southern Moluccas (Seram and Ambon)
  • O. m. bouruensis:
  • Buru (southern Moluccas)
  • O. m. albiventris:
  • Lesser Sundas (Sumbawa, Flores, Besar, Lomblen)
  • O. m. kalidupae:
  • Kaledupa Island (Tukangbesi Islands)

The birds in Kaledupa Island were formerly included in Sulawesi Scops Owl.




  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2022. IOC World Bird List (v 12.2) DRAFT. Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.12.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/

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