[order] STRIGIFORMES | [family] Strigidae | [latin] Otus icterorhynchus | [UK] Sandy Scops Owl | [FR] Petit duc fauve | [DE] Gelbschnabel-Eule | [ES] Autillo Piquigualdo | [NL] Zandbruine Dwergooruil | [Authority] Shelley, 1873

Sandy Scops Owl determination

Members of the genus Otus are the Scops and Screech owls. They are relatively small owls, with short, rounded wings. Most have erectile ear-tufts. Otus is a worldwide genus, containing some 45 species.

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Head and upperparts cinnamon brown with bars and spots of buff and white. shoulder stripe white. Edges of wings barred whitish-buffy. Facial disc cinnamon with pale eyebrows. Underparts cinnamon rufous with dark streaks. Pale yellow eyes and bill.

Lowland evergreen forest, open canopy forest and shrub, open forest mosaic land.

Prabably all insects like grasshoppers and cricekts. Hunts crespecular.

This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

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Range: Africa : West, Central