Family Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Near Threatened

Luzon Highland Scops-owl (Otus longicornis)


French: Petit-duc longicorne German: Luzon-Zwergohreule Spanish: Autillo de Luzón
Other common names: Luzon Scops-owl

Scops longicornis


, 1894,

mountains of northern Luzon, Philippines


Probably closest to O. mirus. Previously treated as race of O. spilocephalus or O. scops, but differs from both in morphology and apparently in vocalizations. Monotypic.


Luzon, in N Philippines.

Descriptive notes

18–19 cm; no information on mass. Smallish scops-owl with frosted facial trim, white eyebrows, long loral plumes barred white with black tips, long ear-tufts with some... read more


Song of male a melancholy whistle with downward inflection, given at intervals of c. 3–5... read more


Humid forest, generally in foothills and mountains, also in pine woodland and perhaps in oak-... read more

Food and feeding

Little information. Stomach contents of specimens have included primarily insects.


Nest with 3 chicks found in May. Nest in tree hole (e.g. woodpecker cavity ). Clutch size reported to be 2–3 eggs; chick with... read more


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened, and previously, Vulnerable. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Luzon EBA. No information on... 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). Luzon Highland Scops-owl (Otus longicornis). 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 29 February 2020).