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Otus sulaensis


20 cm

  • Very small, rounded ear tufts
  • Greyish brown facial disk
  • Upperside dark brown, underside paler with rufous wash
    • Blackish streaks overall and pale barring
  • Eyes yellow, bill black and horn
  • Legs mostly unfeathered


Sula Islands


This is a monotypic species[1].

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


Forest, both primary and secondary, from sea level to relatively high elevation


Probably feeding on invertebrates and some small vertebrates.


A long song of short, frequent trills.


  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, and J. S. Marks (2020). Sula Scops-Owl (Otus sulaensis), 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.sulsco3.01

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