Family Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Near Threatened

Palawan Scops-owl (Otus fuliginosus)


French: Petit-duc de Palawan German: Palawan-Zwergohreule Spanish: Autillo de Palawan

Scops fuliginosa


, 1888,

vicinity of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines


Traditionally considered to belong to species-group centred on O. bakkamoena (which see). Formerly treated as a race of O. bakkamoena, but vocalizations distinct. Monotypic.


Palawan I, in SW Philippines.

Descriptive notes

c. 19–20 cm; no data on body mass. Smallish scops-owl with conspicuous ear tufts that are whitish on inner edge; rufous-brown facial disc; upperparts dark reddish-brown... read more


Male call is deep, harsh growl, “wach-waaarwwwhhh”, repeated at intervals. of several... read more


Primary tropical lowland forest, secondary growth and mixed cultivation with trees. Usually seen... read more

Food and feeding

No information; presumably insects.


Very little information. Type specimen was a young bird taken in Jul; specimen taken in Apr had enlarged gonads.


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened, and previously classified as Vulnerable. CITES II. Restricted-range species present in Palawan EBA. Said to be... 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). Palawan Scops-owl (Otus fuliginosus). 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 22 January 2020).