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Pallid (Striated) Scops Owl
Otus brucei
Striated Scops Owl - Otus brucei    Striated Scops Owl - Otus brucei
Striated Scops Owl - Otus brucei
As of February 2005.
Description Small eared owl. Similar in appearance to Common Scops Owl but more distinctly streaked on back and with less intricate markings.
Size 16-21cm, 100-120g
Range Middle East to W & C Asia. Some populations move into Arabian Peninsula, Egypt and India in winter.
Habitat Semi open country with trees and bushes.
Food Insects and spiders but also small mammals and lizards.
Breeding 4-6 eggs laid in tree cavity (often a woodpecker hole) from April - June. Incubation about 27 days. Young fledge by about 30 days.
Call Series of low, hollow dove like notes.
Status Not globally threatened and locally frequent, however use of pesticides may present a threat in some areas.
Comments Occasionally hunts during the day, and has been known to take bats and insects on the wing.
Races Originally included with O.scops but DNA evidence and vocalisations have proved its specific status.
O.b.brucei C Asia east of Aral Sea
O.b.obsoletus S Turkey, N Iraq and N Syria east to Uzbekistan and N Afghanistan (may be part of nominate race)
O.b.semenowi S Tajikistan W China, S & E Afghanistan and N Pakistan (may be part of nominate race)
O.b.exiguus S Iran and Iraq, E Arabia, Oman, S Afghanistan and W Pakistan
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