Family Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Endangered

Moheli Scops-owl (Otus moheliensis)


Taxonomy

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

Otus moheliensis

Lafontaine and Moulaert

, 1998,

Mohéli

.

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

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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.

Breeding

No information.

Movements

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 https://www.hbw.com/node/54975 on 21 May 2019).