Euroasiatic but tipically mediterranean, absent in the continental Europe, Great Britain and in the Scandinavian Peninsula. Otus from the Greek “otos”, synonym of asio = ear, due to the auricular tufts, whilst scops from the Greek “skops” that indicated a tiny owl with small ears. The generic name Scops was proposed by Marie Jules César Savigny in 1809. Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016) (v.1) It is present in isolated way also in the Indus Valey in Pakistan and in the coastal belt of Iran of the Caspian Sea as well as of the Persian Gulf. Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 06 (Feb 2018) (v.1) The total independence from the parents is reached when about 10 weeks old. none Also Umberto Saba and Pierpaolo Pasolini cited the scops owl in their poems but not only poetry has been involved by the characteristic voice of this small strigid but also the cinema has made it a character in the Harry Potter saga. IOC World Bird Names, version 6.4 (v.1) IOC World Bird Names, version 9.2 (v.1) The species, although in marked reduction, is not considered as endangered. The couple forms on the arrival with the choice of the new partner who is always different every year and after having identified the suitable place where to put the nest, begins almost immediately the laying. IOC World Bird Names, version 8.2 (v.1) It much loves places with big and old trees in whose holes often finds shelter and the place for nidifying but at times prefers also places of low bushes where it remains among the branches and camouflaged in the dense creepers. It lives also in olive groves, cultivated fields with small woods, small forests of conifers and at an altitude up to 2000 m, in sparse woods of deciduous trees. Others think that scops derives from the name of the mount Scopus that overlooks Jerusalem where this bird is quite common during the summer. Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept: Species status: eBird version 2016 (v.5) IOC World Bird Names, version 6.3 (v.1) Lining against a trunk, in a mimetic posture, Otus scops is practically invisible © Gianfranco Colombo. Otus species Otus scops Name Synonyms Strix scops Linnaeus, 1758-01 Homonyms Otus scops (Linnaeus, 1758) Common names Assiolo in Italian Assiolo in Italian Autillo in Spanish Autillo europeo in Spanish Dverghornugle in Norwegian Dvärguv in Swedish There are a few ways by which you can help the development of this page, such as joining the Flickr group for photos or providing translations of the site in addition languages. Enter your login name or your email address and click on Send reminder to receive a reminder by email. Zuerogoitia, I. The Scops owl (Otus scops Linnaeus, 1758) belongs to the order of the Strigiformes and to the family of the Strigidae and is the smallest Euro-Asian member of this family after the Pygmy owl (Glaucidium passerinum). - Acrocephalus 22 (108): 149-154. eBird version 2015 (v.5) IOC World Bird Names, version 7.3 (v.1) © MONACO NATURE ENCYCLOPEDIA | All rights reserved. Working Group Avian Checklists, version 0.01 (v.1), Avibase has been visited 312,017,812 times since 24 June 2003. Very few times has happened that a poet, with only twenty-four lines of a poem, was able to describe with so much accuracy a bird and the habitat where it is located. eBird version 1.55 (v.5) The scops owl nidifies starting from the month of April upon the return from the African wintering, with extension up to late June. The facial disk is little pronounced and slightly marked by a paler border with two usually lowered tufts. Very loquacious in the summer areas it is practically silent in the winter territories. Genus:   Otus, Short link:, Taxonomic Serial Number: You must be logged in to view your sighting details. Entire nights spent emitting, with a constant rate of a few seconds, this mourning chiù chiù, with often different resonance, seen that it uses to sing rotating continuously the head, muffling the voice from time to time and rendering almost impossible to identify the point from where it is emitted. Giovanni Pascoli with its very short poetry l’Assiuolo (the Scops owl), has been able to immortalize this small owl so much common in his native land, with the mastery of a perfect ornithologist, adding that emphasis typical of a poet attached to his land and to the sounds that have accompanied his youth.

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