Scops Owls

Scops owls are Strigidae (typical owls) belonging to the genus Otus. Approximately 45 living species are known, but new ones are frequently recognized and unknown ones are still being discovered every few years or so, especially in Indonesia. For most of the 20th century, this genus included the American screech owls which are now again separated in Megascops based on a range of behavioral, biogeographical, morphological and DNA sequence data. It is the largest genus of owls in terms of number of species.

Scops owls in the modern sense are restricted to the Old World, except for a single North American species – the Flammulated Owl – that is only provisionally placed here and is likely to be moved out of Otus eventually. See below for details.

As usual for owls, female scops owls are usually larger than the males of their species, with owls of both sexes being compact in size and shape. All of the birds in this genus are small and agile. Scops-owls are colored in various brownish hues, sometimes with a lighter underside and/or face, which helps to camouflage them against the bark of trees. Some are polymorphic, occurring in a greyish- and a reddish-brown morph.

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Scops Owl - Ecology and Behaviour
... Scops owls hunt from perches in semi-open landscapes ... The owls will also eat earthworms, amphibians and aquatic invertebrates ... Scops owls have a good sense of hearing which helps them locate their prey in any habitat ...
Screech Owl - Evolution, Taxonomy and Systematics - The Splitting of Otus Sensu Lato
... places, with every new taxon described a few differences between the Old and New World "scops" owls became more and more prominent ... Namely, the scops owls give a whistling call or a row of high-pitched hoots with fewer than four individual hoots per second ... This call is given in social interaction or when the owl tries to scare away other animals ...
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Scops Owls - Taxonomy and Systematics - Formerly Placed Here
... As noted above, the fossil record of scops owls gives an incomplete picture of their evolution at present ... While older sources cite many species of supposed extinct Otus (or "Scops"), these are now placed in entirely different genera "Otus" henrici was a barn ...
Screech-owl - Evolution, Taxonomy and Systematics - The Splitting of Otus Sensu Lato
... a few differences between the Old and New World "scops" owls became more and more prominent ... Namely, the scops owls give a whistling call or a row of high-pitched hoots with fewer than four individual hoots per second ... The screech owls on the other hand are named for their piercing trills of more than four individual notes per second and as noted above they also have a kind of song, which is absent in the scops owls ...

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