Mascarene owls

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Mascarene owls
Temporal range: Holocene
Scops commersoni.jpg
Mascarenotus sauzieri
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Mascarenotus

Mascarenotus grucheti
Mascarenotus murivorus
Mascarenotus sauzieri

The Mascarene owls were those belonging to the genus Mascarenotus. They were restricted to islands in the Indian Ocean. All three species, the Réunion owl, Mauritius owl, and Rodrigues owl, are now extinct.[1]

Recent genetic studies indicate that the three species in the genus actually belong in the genus Otus, which contains the typical scops owls. They are likely descended from the lineage of the oriental scops-owl (O. sunia), and share common ancestry with the scops owls found in Madagascar and the Comoros.[2]


  1. ^ Turvey, Sam (2009). Holocene Extinctions. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. p. 93. ISBN 978-0-19-953509-5.
  2. ^ "Ancient DNA reveals the origins, colonization histories and evolutionary pathways of two recently extinct species of giant scops owl from Mauritius and Rodrigues Islands (Mascarene Islands, southwestern Indian Ocean) | Request PDF". ResearchGate. Retrieved 2018-11-25.