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Mayotte Scops Owl

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Otus mayottensis

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[edit] Identification

24 cm. Occurs in grey, brown and rufous morphs and many intermediates. A very variable species.

  • Pale facial disc, darker around eyes, with off-white eyebrows and white chin and lores
  • Prominent ear-tufts
  • Dark grey-brown to brown upperparts, often with rufous tinge, with buffish spots and black shaft streaks
  • Black-edged white spots on scapulars
  • Barred flight-feathers and tail
  • Paler underparts with bold blackish streaks and faint vermiculations
  • Rufous morph with strongly tinged rufous plumage, sometimes nearly without any black markings
  • Tarsus feathered to toes
  • Yellow eyes

Sexes similar. Juveniles similar to adults.

[edit] Distribution

Endemic to Mayotte Island (Comoros Islands).
Generally common in suitable habitat.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.
It was formerly included in Madagascar Scops Owl.

[edit] Habitat

Lowland secondary forest.

[edit] Behaviour

Nocturnal. Spends daytime hidden in thick foliage.

[edit] Diet

Feeds on insects, especially beetles and moths. Takes possibly also some small vertebrates.

[edit] Breeding

No information.

[edit] Movements

Presumably a resident species.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and J Sargatal, eds. 1999. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 5: Barn-Owls to Hummingbirds. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334252

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