Family Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Least Concern

Wallace's Scops-owl (Otus silvicola)


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

Scops silvicola


, 1864,



Relationships unclear; probably closest to the O. bakkamoena species complex. Monotypic.


Sumbawa and Flores, in Lesser Sundas.

Descriptive notes

23–27 cm; 212 g (one subadult). Fairly large scops-owl (wing length 202–251 mm); facial disc fairly uniform tan, with paler eyebrows; long ear-tufts mottled brown... read more


Territorial call steady series of c. 10 (up to 18) deep “whumph” notes on same pitch;... read more


Semi-evergreen lowland rainforest, forest edge, and submontane forest with bamboo thickets; more... read more

Food and feeding

No information. Probably mostly insectivorous.


Very little information; male taken in Dec had enlarged testes. Clutches of 2 and 3 eggs attributed to present species taken on Flores in... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Northern Nusa Tenggara EBA. Formerly considered Near Threatened. Probably under-... 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). Wallace's Scops-owl (Otus silvicola). 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 15 December 2019).