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Sunda Scops Owl
Otus lempiji
Sunda Scops Owl - Otus lempiji    Sunda Scops Owl - Otus lempiji
Sunda Scops Owl - Otus lempiji
As of February 2005.
Description Small to medium, sandy brown owl spotted and speckled with black and buff above, and streaked below. Pale collar and normally with dark eyes.
Size 20-25cm, 100-170g
Range Malay Peninsula and neighbouring islands.
Habitat Secondary forest, plantations and gardens. Attracted by human habitations.
Food Insects particularly beetles, but also rodents, small birds and lizards.
Breeding 2, sometimes 3 eggs laid in natural cavity between January and April. Unlike most owls, is reported to line nest with plant fibre.
Call Soft “whoop” with an upward inflection uttered every 10-15 seconds.
Status Not globally threatened, and very common in some areas.
Comments One of the few species of owl which is actually benefiting from the activities of humans.
Races Formally included with O. bakkamoena and O.lettia. The race cnephaeus has a different call and may prove to be a distinct species.
O.l.lempiji Malay peninsula, Borneo, Sumatra, Java, Banka, Belitung
O.l.lemurum N Borneo - may be included in nominate
O.l.condorensis Thailand - may be included in nominate
O.l.cnephaeus S Malay peninsula
O.l.hypnodes Pulau Padang
O.l.kangeanus Kangean Islands
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