Family Typical Owls (Strigidae)


Biak Scops-owl (Otus beccarii)


French: Petit-duc de Beccari German: Beccari-Zwergohreule Spanish: Autillo de Biak

Scops beccarii


, 1875,

Misori [Biak Island]


Sometimes treated as conspecific with either O. manadensis or O. magicus; song similar to latter’s, but significant differences from both in plumage. Monotypic.


Biak I, in Geelvink Bay (NW New Guinea).

Descriptive notes

25 cm; no data on body mass. Medium-sized scops-owl; said to occur in dark and rufous-brown and tawny and dark grey-brown forms; almost certainly morphs, but sometimes... read more


Hoarse, corvid-like croak, repeated in series; at close range, described as “a quite... read more


Dense forest and forest edge; locally near villages. Occurs from near sea-level to 1000 m elevation. read more

Food and feeding

Little information. Insects, spiders; possibly some small vertebrates.


No published studies. Said to nest in tree cavities.


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. CITES II. Restricted to twin islands of Biak-Supiori in Geelvink Bay, Papua (formerly Irian Jaya), Indonesia. Very poorly known. Global... read more

Recommended citation

Holt, D.W., Berkley, R., Deppe, C., Enríquez Rocha, P., Petersen, J.L., Rangel Salazar, J.L., Segars, K.P., Wood, K.L., de Juana, E., Sharpe, C.J. & Marks, J.S. (2020). Biak Scops-owl (Otus beccarii). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 18 February 2020).