Family Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Near Threatened

Rinjani Scops-owl (Otus jolandae)


French: Petit-duc de Lombok German: Lombok-Zwergohreule Spanish: Autillo de Rinjani

Otus jolandae

Sangster et al.

, 2013,

Lombok, 1500 feet [c. 500 m], Lesser Sundas


First collected in 1896, and population hitherto treated as belonging to O. magicus albiventris owing to similar plumage and geographical proximity. Territorial song, however, markedly different, recalling those of O. rufescens and O. lempiji cnephaeus, both of which differ considerably in morphology, the latter also being geographically remote in S Malay Peninsula; the single-whistle songs of these three appear to form a cluster, somewhat distinct from other forms that have a single-whistle song, including O. manadensis manadensis, O. collari and O. lempiji (other races), while song of O. mindorensis was not analysed. Closest relatives unclear. Monotypic.


N Lombok (Lesser Sundas).

Descriptive notes

c. 22 cm. Facial disc is a dense mess of dull cinnamon, dull dark brown and whitish, with more whitish-grey on sides and especially on broad superciliary area, the latter... read more


Song consists of single whistle without pronounced overtones, thus differing from all... read more


Occurs in continuous forest and in patches of trees in more open areas, but also recorded in... read more

Food and feeding

No information.


No information.


Probably sedentary. Thought to be territorial all year round.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Apparently common in those areas in which it has been detected to date. Global population estimate of 2500... read more

Recommended citation

Fjeldså, J. & Marks, J.S. (2019). Rinjani Scops-owl (Otus jolandae). 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 14 December 2019).