Otus manadensis mendeni
Peleng, Banggai Islands.
Probably part of a species-group centred on O. manadensis (which see). Until recently treated as conspecific with O. manadensis, but vocally very distinct from it (based on recordings on xeno-canto and AVoCet—where split—subjectively allow 4); published photograph caption#R further describes it as “distinctly smaller… with smaller feet, tarsi feathered nearly to base of toes, and primaries less distinctly banded on outer webs”, while original description refers to greyer, more obsolete and less variegated plumage, thus species status achieved on basis of smaller size (at least 1), greyer, less distinct plumage including reduced wing-barring (at least 1), and less feathering on tarsi (at least 1); for differences from O. sulaensis, see below. Monotypic.
Banggai Is (Peleng, perhaps also Labobo), off E Sulawesi.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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