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Eurasian Scops Owl

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-;Otus scops+'''Alternative names: Commmon Scops-Owl; European Scops-Owl'''
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[[Image:Common_Scops_Owl.jpg|thumb|550px|right|Photo by JJM <p>Photographed in Lesvos]] [[Image:Common_Scops_Owl.jpg|thumb|550px|right|Photo by JJM <p>Photographed in Lesvos]]
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==Identification== ==Identification==
Small, eared owl with yellow eyes. Its plumage is a grey-buff (gray-buff), intricately marked with black provides excellent camouflage against tree bark when roosting. Small, eared owl with yellow eyes. Its plumage is a grey-buff (gray-buff), intricately marked with black provides excellent camouflage against tree bark when roosting.
==Distribution== ==Distribution==
Southern Europe, parts of North Africa, Asia Minor east to Central Asia. Many populations migratory, moving to Africa south of Sahara in winter. Southern Europe, parts of North Africa, Asia Minor east to Central Asia. Many populations migratory, moving to Africa south of Sahara in winter.
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==Taxonomy== ==Taxonomy==
Originally formed superspecies with O. sunia and O. senegalensis but is vocally and genetically distinct. Race cycladum may be included in nominate form. Originally formed superspecies with O. sunia and O. senegalensis but is vocally and genetically distinct. Race cycladum may be included in nominate form.
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==Habitat== ==Habitat==
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. 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.
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==Behaviour== ==Behaviour==
Mainly insects and other invertebrates but also small lizards, frogs and small mammals. Mainly insects and other invertebrates but also small lizards, frogs and small mammals.
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==Bird Song== ==Bird Song==
<flashmp3>Otus scops (song).mp3</flashmp3><br /> <flashmp3>Otus scops (song).mp3</flashmp3><br />
''[[Media:Otus scops (song).mp3|Listen in an external program]]'' ''[[Media:Otus scops (song).mp3|Listen in an external program]]''
==External Links== ==External Links==
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{{GSearch|Otus+Scops}} {{GSearch|Otus+Scops}}
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Revision as of 17:51, 24 October 2008

Alternative names: Commmon Scops-Owl; European Scops-Owl

Otus scops
Photo by JJM Photographed in Lesvos
Photo by JJM

Photographed in Lesvos

Contents

Identification

Small, eared owl with yellow eyes. Its plumage is a grey-buff (gray-buff), intricately marked with black provides excellent camouflage against tree bark when roosting.

Distribution

Southern Europe, parts of North Africa, Asia Minor east to Central Asia. Many populations migratory, moving to Africa south of Sahara in winter.

Taxonomy

Originally formed superspecies with O. sunia and O. senegalensis but is vocally and genetically distinct. Race cycladum may be included in nominate form.

Habitat

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.

Behaviour

Mainly insects and other invertebrates but also small lizards, frogs and small mammals.

Bird Song


Listen in an external program

External Links

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