Oriental scops owl

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Oriental scops owl
Oriental scops owl (left) with a chestnut-backed owlet
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Otus
Species: O. sunia
Binomial name
Otus sunia
(Hodgson, 1836)
Near Kaeng Krachen National Park, Thailand

The oriental scops owl (Otus sunia) is a species of scops owl found in eastern and southern Asia.


This is a small, variable plumaged, yellow eyed owl with ear-tufts which are not always erect. It can be distinguish from the collared scops owl by its whitish scapular stripe, well marked underparts, and lack of pale collar. There are two colour morphs, grey and rufous; intermediate forms also occur. Sexes are alike. Individuals may freeze with eyes half closed when disturbed. The species has a repeated liquid call sounding like "tuk tok torok".[citation needed]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The species has an extremely wide distribution across eastern and southern Asia, and is found in dry deciduous forests from the Russian Federation to Thailand. The owl nests in holes in trees during February–April.[1]


Rufous morph from Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India 
Adult rufous morph from Garbhanga, Assam, India 
Adult rufous morph from Garbhanga, Assam, India