Japanese scops owl

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Japanese scops owl
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Otus
Species: O. semitorques
Binomial name
Otus semitorques
Temminck & Schlegel, 1844

The Japanese scops owl (Otus semitorques) is an owl which is a resident breeder in Japan. It is also found in China, Korea and Russia.[1]

This species is a part of the larger grouping of owls known as typical owls, Strigidae, which contains over 90% of owl species. The other grouping is the barn owls, Tytonidae.

It is very similar to the slightly smaller collared scops owl, O. bakkamoena of which it is sometimes considered a race.

It nests in tree holes. The call of the male is a low sad sounding whoop.


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2014). Otus semitorques. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3

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