Family Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Near Threatened

Mindoro Scops-owl (Otus mindorensis)


Taxonomy

French: Petit-duc de Mindoro German: Mindoro-Zwergohreule Spanish: Autillo de Mindoro
Taxonomy:

Scops mindorensis

J. Whitehead

, 1899,

highlands of Mindoro, Philippines

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Relationships uncertain, but resembles some taxa of O. mantananensis. Formerly treated as race of O. scops or O. sunia, but very different from both in morphology. Birds in W Mindoro lowlands recently attributed to this species, but differing vocally from other populations, now shown to belong to Ninox mindorensis. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Mindoro, in NC Philippines.

Descriptive notes

18–19 cm; no data on body mass. Small scops-owl (wing length 133–136 mm); overall plumage dull buffish-brown and finely marked; ear tufts of moderate length and... read more

Voice

Male’s call a soft “po-wo” or “wo-wo”, each phrase lasting c. 0... read more

Habitat

Poorly known. Has been documented in montane, closed-canopy forest at c. 900–1450 m elevation... read more

Food and feeding

Probably mostly insects, but no published quantitative information.

Breeding

Type specimen, collected in Jan 1896, had well-developed eggs; other specimens with well-developed gonads in Jan and May. Nest and eggs... read more

Movements

Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened, and previously, Vulnerable. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Mindoro EBA. Global population... 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. (2019). Mindoro Scops-owl (Otus mindorensis). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/54956 on 18 February 2019).