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Otus siaoensis


19 cm - a small species

  • Short ear tufts, short wings and short tail
  • Mostly brown with some buffy on underside
    • Black streaks and buffy mottling
  • Eyes yellow, bill yellowish horn
  • Legs mostly feathered


Siau Island in the Sangir Archipelago[4].


This is a monotypic species[1].

Until recently, Siau Scops Owl was considered a subspecies of one of these two species: Sulawesi Scops Owl - Otus manadensis or Moluccan Scops Owl - Otus magicus


Presumably forest


Not known at this time


Described as a two-part rolling sound that lasts less than one second.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2020. IOC World Bird List (v 10.2). Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.10.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. del Hoyo, J., N. Collar, C.J. Sharpe, and J. S. Marks (2020). Siau Scops-Owl (Otus siaoensis), version 1.0. 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.sulsco2.01
  4. Wikipedia page on Siau Island

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