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Sulawesi Scops Owl - BirdForum Opus

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Tangkoko National Park, Sulawesi, Indonesia, 29 August 2009
Otus manadensis


18-23 cm
A relatively variable species of either brown or rufous phase. Eyes are yellow to orange.


Endemic to Sulawesi and some small, nearby islands. South East Asia: Indonesia: Greater Sundas.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Sula Scops Owl (Otus sulaensis), Siau Scops Owl (Otus siaoensis) and Banggai Scops Owl (Otus mendeni) have recently been split from this species.


Forest, both primary and secondary, from sea level to rather high elevations


Food is presumed to include insects and other small animals including vertebrates.


Frequently heard is a single note that lasts for less than 1 second and is described as "mournful".


  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/
  3. Kirwan, G. M., D. W. Holt, J. del Hoyo, N. Collar, R. Berkley, C. Deppe, P. L. Enríquez, J. L. Petersen, J. L. Rangel Salazar, K. P. Segars, and K. L. Wood (2022). Sulawesi Scops-Owl (Otus manadensis), version 2.1. In Birds of the World (B. K. Keeney and P. N. Maleko, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.susowl1.02.1

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