Family Typical Owls (Strigidae)


Moheli Scops-owl (Otus moheliensis)


French: Petit-duc de Mohéli German: Moheli-Zwergohreule Spanish: Autillo de Moheli

Otus moheliensis

Lafontaine and Moulaert

, 1998,



Recently discovered species. Probably part of a species-group with O. rutilus, O. mayottensis, O. capnodes and O. pauliani. Monotypic.


Mohéli (Mwali), in Comoro Is.

Descriptive notes

c. 22 cm; male 95 g, female 116 g (n = 1 of each sex). Fairly uniform-looking scops-owl with greatly reduced ear tufts. Occurs in brown and rufous morphs. Brown... read more


Poorly known; male said to give series of 1–5 hissing whistles; a screech also described.


Dense humid forest, in some places with lots of epiphytes, on hillsides and summit; also at... read more

Food and feeding

No published data. Diet probably dominated by insects, spiders and other invertebrates.


No information.


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. CITES II. Restricted-range species found only on one forested ridge on island of Mohéli: present in Comoro Islands EBA. Appears at present to be common in... 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., Sharpe, C.J. & Marks, J.S. (2019). Moheli Scops-owl (Otus moheliensis). 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 21 May 2019).