Family Typical Owls (Strigidae)


Javan Scops-owl (Otus angelinae)


French: Petit-duc de Java German: Angelina-Zwergohreule Spanish: Autillo de Java

Pisorhina angelinae


, 1912,

Pangerango Mountain, 6000 feet [c. 2000 m], Java


Probably closest to O. brookii. Sometimes treated as conspecific with that species or with O. spilocephalus or, alternatively, as including race vandewateri of latter, but differs in morphology and also in far less vocal habits. Monotypic.



Descriptive notes

c. 16–18 cm; 75–91 g. Fairly small scops-owl with light rusty-brown facial disc and prominent white eyebrows extending into ear tufts; upperparts... read more


Generally relatively silent. Far less vocal than O. spilocephalus, and often habitually... read more


Favours primary montane forest with well-developed understorey from c. 1500–2000 m elevation... read more

Food and feeding

Primarily insects, including beetles, grasshoppers and crickets, and especially mantids; occasional reports of small lizards and snakes... read more


Very poorly known; the nest apparently is undescribed. Three family groups reported in the literature, each with two recently fledged young... read more



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Java and Bali Forests EBA. Known from two localities in W Java, Gunung Gede/Pangrango National Park and Gunung... 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. & Marks, J.S. (2020). Javan Scops-owl (Otus angelinae). 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 25 February 2020).