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Eurasian Scops Owl

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[[Image:Common_Scops_Owl.jpg|thumb|550px|right|Photo by {{user|JJM|JJM}} <br />Photographed in [[Lesvos]]]] [[Image:Common_Scops_Owl.jpg|thumb|550px|right|Photo by {{user|JJM|JJM}} <br />Photographed in [[Lesvos]]]]
==Identification== ==Identification==
-Small, eared owl with yellow eyes. Its plumage is a grey-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 intricately marked with black provides excellent camouflage against tree bark when roosting. Young birds are more strongly vermiculated than adults.
==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.
==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. Six subspecies are recognized, subspecies ''cycladum'' may be included in nominate form.
==Habitat== ==Habitat==
Open or semi-open woodland, parks, plantations etc. Winters on savannah. Usually not conifers except in parts of [[Russia|Russian]] range. Open or semi-open woodland, parks, plantations etc. Winters on savannah. Usually not conifers except in parts of [[Russia|Russian]] range.

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

Otus scops
Photo by JJM Photographed in Lesvos
Photo by JJM
Photographed in Lesvos

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Identification

Small, eared owl with yellow eyes. Its plumage is a grey-buff intricately marked with black provides excellent camouflage against tree bark when roosting. Young birds are more strongly vermiculated than adults.

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. Six subspecies are recognized, subspecies 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.

Behaviour

Breeding

Nests in tree-holes and in cavities in rocks and walls.

Diet

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

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