Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Seychelles Scops-owl (Otus insularis) - HBW 5, p. 168

French: Petit-duc scieur German: Seychelleneule Spanish: Autillo de Seychelles
Other common names: Bare-legged Scops-owl

Taxonomy: Gymnoscops insularis Tristram, 1880, Mahé Island, Seychelles.
Originally placed in monotypic genus Gymnoscops on basis of its unfeathered tarsi and feet, and vestigial ear-tufts. Formerly considered race of O. rutilus, but vocalizations totally dissimilar. Sometimes treated as race of O. magicus, this supported by voice comparisons, but long isolation from all forms of latter, as well as morphological differences, suggest better regarded as separate species. Monotypic.

Distribution: Mahé I, in Seychelles. Unconfirmed reports also from Praslin and Félicité.

  • Endangered
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