Nicobar scops owl

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Nicobar scops owl
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Otus
O. alius
Binomial name
Otus alius
Rasmussen, 1998

The Nicobar scops owl (Otus alius) is a species of owl in the family Strigidae. It is endemic to the Nicobar Islands, India, in particular Great Nicobar Island, but it may also occur on Little Nicobar Island.[1]

Its natural habitat is tropical moist lowland forests. It has an uncertain status but is thought to be rare or endangered.[1] It was originally discovered by Pamela C. Rasmussen in 1998.[2] Very little is known about this species, but individuals have been reported to consume spiders, beetles, and geckos.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d BirdLife International (2018). "Otus alius". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2018.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  2. ^ Rasmussen, Pamela. (1998). Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club (BBOC) 118: p 143-151, pl. 3.

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