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Mayotte scops owl

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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Strigiformes
Genus  Otus
Higher classification  Scops owl
Phylum  Chordata
Family  Strigidae
Scientific name  Otus mayottensis
Rank  Species
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Similar  Nicobar scops owl, Mindoro scops owl, Pemba scops owl, Moheli scops owl, Anjouan scops owl

The Mayotte scops owl (Otus mayottensis) is a species of owl in the family Strigidae. It is endemic to the island of Mayotte in the Comoros.

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Description

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The Mayotte scops owl is very similar to the rainforest scops owl Otus rutilus with which it was once considered conspecific. The upperparts are plain brown marked with faint light spots while the underparts are paler brown than the upperparts. The facial disk is also brownish with a contrasting darker rim restricted to just the sides and not seen above the eyes. The crown is brown with darker streaks and the flanks are more reddish-brown with short dark streaks. The eyes are yellow. The body length is 20–22 cm (7.9–8.7 in).

Voice

The call of the Mayotte scops owl is a series of 3–11 deep, single hoots.

Distribution and habitat

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The Mayotte scops owl is endemic to the island of Mayotte in the Comoros. where it is common and widespread The population of the Mayotte scops owl is thought to be stable as there is no evidence for any declines or of any substantial threats, thus it is categorised a Least Concern.

The habitat of the Mayotte scops owl is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Taxonomy

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The Mayotte scops owl has been considered to be conspecific with the Pemba scops owl Otus pembaensis, the Anjouan scops owl Otus capnodes rainforest scops owl and the Torotoroka scops owl Otus madagacarensis under O. rutilus but this species has now been split and the Mayotte scops owl is now regarded as its own species, mainly based on its very different call. The scops owls of Madagascar, Comoros and Seychelles form a clade within the genus Otus with the Oriental scops owl Otus sunia and are not closely related to the continental African scops owls.

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References

Mayotte scops owl Wikipedia


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